This edited volume offers new perspectives from leading scholars on the important work of Inca Garcilaso de la Vega (1539–1616), one of the first Latin American writers to present an intellectual analysis of pre-Columbian history and culture and the ensuing colonial period. To the contributors, Inca Garcilaso’s Royal Commentaries of the Incas presented an early counter-hegemonic discourse and a reframing of the history of native non-alphabetic cultures that undermined the colonial rhetoric of his time and the geopolitical divisions it purported. Through his research in both Andean and Renaissance archives, Inca Garcilaso sought to connect these divergent cultures into one world. This collection offers five classical studies of Royal Commentaries previously unavailable in English, along with seven new essays that cover topics including Andean memory, historiography, translation, philosophy, trauma, and ethnic identity. This cross-disciplinary volume will be of interest to students and scholars of Latin American history, culture, comparative literature, subaltern studies, and works in translation.
An indispensable tool for scholars across disciplines, especially those interested in Latin American and indigenous pasts. It is also strongly recommended reading for early modern researchers focused on other languages, for they may not be familiar with Inca Garcilaso—an author that should definitely be part of their canon.
An excellent collection of essays on one of the first Latin American writers to elaborate a sophisticated reflection on the pre-Columbian past and the colonial experience in dialogue with Europe's Renaissance and classical cultural traditions. Each essay brings a new dimension to Garcilaso's texts, the importance and complexity of which are evident.
With such promising ideas as these, scholars from across the humanities should find tis engaging, self-aware volume as fascinating as I have.
Sara Castro-Klarén is professor of Latin American literature and culture at Johns Hopkins University. She specializes in modern Latin American literature, cultural and post-colonial theory, and colonial studies. She is the author or editor of numerous books, including Understanding Mario Vargas Llosa, Women’s Writing In Latin America: An Anthology, A Companion to Latin American Literature and Culture, and Inca Garcilaso and Contemporary World-Making. In 2017, she received the Order of the Sun of Peru, the highest civilian award conferred by the Peruvian government, for her outstanding scholarly contributions to the study of Peru’s literary and cultural history as well as to the field of Latin American Studies at large.
Christian Fernández is associate professor of Latin American studies at Louisiana State University, where he has twice served as director of Hispanic studies. He is the author of Inca Garcilaso: Imaginación, memoria e identidad.