Guaman Poma

[ Latin American Studies ]

Guaman Poma

Writing and Resistance in Colonial Peru, Second Edition, with a new introduction

By Rolena Adorno

By examining Guaman Poma's verbal and visual engagement with the institutions of Western art and culture, Rolena Adorno shows how he performed a comprehensive critique of the colonialist discourse of religion, political theory, and history.

2000

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6 x 9 | 256 pp.

ISBN: 978-0-292-70503-6

In the midst of native people's discontent following Spanish conquest, a native Andean born after the fall of the Incas took up the pen to protest Spanish rule. Felipe Guaman Poma de Ayala wrote his Nueva corónica y buen gobierno to inform Philip III of Spain about the evils of colonialism and the need for governmental and societal reform. By examining Guaman Poma's verbal and visual engagement with the institutions of Western art and culture, Rolena Adorno shows how he performed a comprehensive critique of the colonialist discourse of religion, political theory, and history. She argues that Guaman Poma's work chronicles the emergence of a uniquely Latin American voice, characterized by the articulation of literary art and politics.

Following the initial appearance of Guaman Poma: Writing and Resistance in Colonial Peru, the 1990s witnessed the creation of a range of new studies that underscore the key role of the Nueva corónica y buen gobierno in facilitating our understanding of the Andean and Spanish colonial pasts. At the same time, the documentary record testifying to Guaman Poma's life and work has expanded dramatically, thanks to the publication of long-known but previously inaccessible drawings and documents. In a new, lengthy introduction to this second edition, Adorno shows how recent scholarship from a variety of disciplinary perspectives sheds new light on Guaman Poma and his work, and she offers an important new assessment of his biography in relation to the creation of the Nueva corónica y buen gobierno.

  • Acknowledgments
  • Introduction to the Second Edition: Contextualizing the Nueva coronica y buen gobierno
    • Guaman Poma in the Documentary Record
    • The Production and Facsimile Reproduction of the Autograph Manuscript
    • Recent Advances in the Study of Guaman Poma's Visual and Verbal Art
    • Guaman Poma in the 1590s
      • The Expediente Prado Tello
      • Guaman Poma in the Expediente Prado Tello
      • Guaman Poma versus Don Domingo Jauli and the Chachapoyas
      • The Conclusion of the Land-Title Litigation
    • Guaman Poma in 1600: The Sentence of Exile from Huamanga
    • Chupas and the Chachapoyas in the Nueva coronica y buen gobierno
    • Mestizaje in the Nueva coronica y buen gobierno
    • Guaman Poma's Biography Reconsidered
    • Writing and Religion: The Visita Report
    • An Anticipated Glimpse into the Artist's Studio
  • Introduction
    • History Writing and Polemic
    • Challenging the Canon
  • 1. Contradicting the Chronicles of Conquest
    • Guaman Poma's Exploitation of Written Histories
    • Respect for History
    • The Dominican Philosophy of Conquest
    • The Dramatization of a Hypothesis
    • The Present Overwhelms the Past
  • 2. Searching for a Heroic Conception
    • Historical Truth and Moral Vision
    • Biographies of Incas and Kings
    • The Prologue Always Comes Last
    • The Nueva Coronica as Epic Story
  • 3. From Story to Sermon
    • Granadine Strategies
    • On Moving the Reader's Affections
    • The Literature of Conversion
    • A Theory of Cross-Cultural Communication
    • The Privileged Role of Invention
    • The Simile of Lucifer
    • The Voice and Character of the Preacher
    • The Sermon Overtakes the Story
  • 4. Icons in Space: The Silent Orator
    • Baroque Sensibilities
    • Visual Representation and Suppression
    • The Symbolic Values of Pictorial Space
    • Lines of Authority and Hierarchy
    • Disorder on the Horizontal Axis
    • Paradigms Lost: The Reversed Diagonal and the Empty Center
  • 5. Mediating among Many Worlds
    • Allegory, Satire, and the Sermon
    • Of Caciques and Coyas
    • Inside the Coya's Chamber
    • The Present in the Past
    • The Author as Hero
    • Guaman Poma's Final Critique
  • Notes
  • Bibliography
  • Index

By Rolena Adorno

Rolena Adorno is Professor of Latin American Literature at Yale University.