Subject Area: Mexico

Ars Moriendi Manuals, Paintings, and Funeral Rituals in Late Medieval Europe and Sixteenth Century Mexico ( New Spain ). Learning How to Live by Learning How to Die
2016 1-4955-0477-8
The Ars moriendi manual, which had been popular because of its brevity and concision, was chosen by the Franciscan Order as an essential text for promoting the Christian doctrine in New Spain and for re-organizing the funerary practices therein. This book identifies the official and unofficial discourses of the Church regarding Salvation and the funerary practices of New Spain that link the Old World to the New.


África en México. Una Herencia Repudiada
2007 0-7734-5216-8
This study explores the African presence in Mexico and the impact it has had on the development of Mexican national identity over the past centuries. By analyzing Mexican miscegenation from a perspective identified as mestizaje positivo (positive miscegenation) where an equality exists among all ethnic heritages are equal forming the glue that binds together the new ethnicity, it reveals that Mexico’s African heritage is alive and well. In the end, the author calls for further examinations into the damage caused to the majority of the Mexican population by a Eurocentric mentality that marks them as inferior.

Africanization of Mexico from the Sixteenth Century Onward
2010 0-7734-3781-9
This work is an Afrocentric analysis that subscribes to the notion that there is one human race of multiple ethnicities. It acknowledges Mexico’s African, Amerindian (herein after called First Nations), Asian, and European ethnic heritages. Contrary to the African-disappearance-by- miscegenation-hypothesis-turned-ideology, it introduces the theory of the widespread Africanization of Mexico from the sixteenth century onward.

Ants of New Mexico
2002 0-7734-6884-6
This work includes keys, illustrations, descriptions and distribution maps of all of the ant species found in New Mexico, a total of 227 species and subspecies, with a listing of another 66 that probably occur in the state. It is designed to allow nearly any biologist to determine the identity of ants, written with a minimum of jargon.

Archival Records of the African Slave Trade to Mexico at Santiago El Pescador, 1692-1799
2013 0-7734-4090-9
These are archival records tracking the slave trade in Tamiahua, Mexico. It documents the early stages of slavery in Mexico which due to the introduction of new diseases brought a significant reduction in the indigenous population. The eventual effects of the population shortages combined with other negative aspects of the conquest caused the Spanish to look elsewhere to supplement their labor force and maintain productivity, which included importing slaves.

Clasificacion y Analisis de Prestamos del Ingles en la Prensa de Espana y Mexico
1995 0-7734-9125-2
This volume investigates the influence of modern English on the lexicon of the press of Mexico and Spain. A classification and comparative study of all the English loanwords found in the written Spanish of the Mexican and Peninsular press has been carried out, as well as an analysis of the morpho-orthographic adaptation of the same loanwords in both linguistic varieties. The newspapers used were El País, Madrid, and El Universal, México Distrito Federal. In Spanish.

Comparison of Top Down and Bottom Up Community Development Interventions in Rural Mexico. Practical and Theoretical Implications for Community Development Programs
2002 0-7734-7086-7


Credible Fiscal Policy Commitments and Market Access. Case Studies of Argentina, Chile and Mexico, 1980-1995
2003 0-7734-6939-7
This study presents a fresh look at a vexing question confronting policy makers in emerging democracies – how to finance growth. It captures the institutional and policy choices governments make to access private market financing, closing a gap in understanding the relationship between credible fiscal policy commitments and public finance capacity. It analyzes data in three cases: Argentina, Chile, and Mexico. It will be of interest to scholars in the fields of international political economy, comparative public policy, international finance, and Latin American studies.

Devotional Exercises / Los Ejercicios Devotos of Sor Juana Inés De La Cruz, Mexico’s Prodigious Nun (1648-1695)
2005 0-7734-5999-5
Winner of the Adele Mellen Prize for Distinguished Contribution to Scholarship

The works that Sor Inés de la Cruz (1648/51–1695) wrote specifically for the church have largely been neglected until now. This book on the devotional exercises of one of Mexico’s most highly acclaimed writers provides a passageway into the relatively unexplored religious area of her life and adds another layer of understanding to the rest of her writings. Relatively untouched by critical review, the Ejercicios / Exercises were thought to have little, if any, literary value in comparison with her more canonized output. However, this insightful study and annotated bilingual translation gives this prominent writer the attention she deserves as an author of religious and devotional texts. The author examines the thematic, rhetorical, historical and scientific elements of late seventeenth-century colonial Mexico and their impact on the Ejercicios / Exercises. He also highlights how the Ejercicios / Exercises function as a theologically sound Church document that offers meditations and exercises on humility, obedience, the Incarnation and the Immaculate Conception. As part of this process, he signals how Sor Juana’s religious discourse provides important continuity with her secular production. The publication of this annotated bilingual edition offers Sor Juana’s English-speaking audience the opportunity to experience her prowess as author of devotional literature.

Ethnographic Study of Afro-Mexicans in Mexico’s Gulf Coast. Fishing, Festivals, and Foodways
2008 0-7734-4929-9
One of only a few studies using ethnographic research to document, analyze, and present the traditional culture of Afro-Mexicans in Tamiahua, Veracruz, Mexico.

Historia Eclesiastica Indiana. A Franciscan's view of the Spanish Conquest of Mexico, Critically Reviewed, with Selected Passages Translated From the Original
1997 0-7734-8607-0
Written in 1595, Fray Mendieta's work presents the history of the advent of Christianity in the Caribbean and Mexican regions as a consequence of the Spanish Conquest. He illustrates the triumph and tragedy of the missionary effort and the difficulties in the conversion of the Indians, conflicts between spiritual ends and material interests. This edition of translated sections also presents some translated selections from Mendieta's letters, including a letter addressed to King Philip II of Spain.

History and Development of Psychoanalysis in Mexico. The Conquista and Latin American Identity
2011 0-7734-1548-3
This work provides a history of psychoanalysis in Mexico and discusses the effects of culture, language and history on the development and application of psychoanalysis in different milieus.

Impact of Christianity on Colonial Maya, Ancient Mexico, China, and Japan. How a Monotheistic Religion Was Received by Several Pagan Societies
2008 0-7734-5145-5
This book looks at the impact of Western Christianity on the native peoples of Mexico and Central America, as well as of China and Japan. The work thoroughly describes the collision of Christianity and paganism, asserting that the encounter is best understood via a full examination of their underlying cosmological points of view.

Indigenous Groups, Globalization, and Mexico's Plan Puebla Panama: Marriage or Miscarriage?
2006 0-7734-5734-8
Designed to build Central American infrastructures, Mexico’s Plan Puebla Panamá (PPP) was launched with fervor in 2001 but collapsed hopelessly by 2003. A content analysis finds the Washington Consensus severely at odds with indigenous cultures, while invoking the broader globalization-localization debate. As Mexico’s latest bridging efforts with Central America drifted in lose-lose directions, readers are exposed to the fate many modern chief executives face under similar circumstances. Defying familiar international relations postulations, these findings not only elevate James Rosenau’s catch-all turbulence theory, but also show how drawing-board disconnections mirror those in the trenches. Both developed and developing countries have plenty to learn from PPP’s wide-ranging experiences.

Linguistic Variation in Mexican Spanish as Spoken in Two Communities - Moroléon, Mexico and Kennett Square, Pennsylvania
2002 0-7734-7149-9


Literary and Political History of Post-Revolutionary Mexico
2006 0-7734-5887-5
This study demonstrates how the original, exclusive portrayals of the “ideal” nation and its “ideal” citizens are carried into the Post-Revolutionary era, whereby, authors such as Rosario Castellanos, Carlos Fuentes, Octavio Paz, Samuel Ramos, Rodolfo Usigli, and Xavier Villaurrutia view their society as a system that has segregated rather than unified individuals into one nation. Hence, the State’s legitimacy and authority to imagine what is considered “the ideal” is questioned explicitly, as is the authenticity of its foundational imaginings. The book responds directly to Doris Sommer’s Foundational Fictions (1991). While Sommer’s premise equates the writing of the romantic union of lovers from different backgrounds to the eventual success of the nation, this work exploits and expands the interdependent relationships between ideology, literature and the Mexican State that essentially guaranteed the failure of successful nation building. Moreover, this text exposes this failure through analyzing how twentieth-century Mexican authors and their works reject and contest the positivist legacy of the original foundational fictions.

Metaphysics of Mass Art. Cultural Ontology Volume One- Mysticism, Mexico and English Literature
1999 0-7734-8182-6


Militant Labor Organizations and Democratization in Communist Poland and Corporate Mexico. Two Studies in Worker History
2015 1-4955-0397-6
This study considers two contemporary movements of militant labor and their effect upon the democratization of their respective societies – Solidarnosc, the Polish Solidarity union, and the Frente Autentico de Trabajo, the Authentic Labor Front of Mexico. It provides illustrative examples of the leading role of workers organizations in the development and establishment of a democratic society.

Novels of Agustin Yáñez’. A Critical Portrait of Mexico in the 20th Century
2000 0-7734-7547-8
This is first English-language study of all six of Yáñez’s novels, and it breaks new ground by offering radically new perspectives on his narrative fiction, and on his status within the field of Mexican literary history.

Origen del Sincretism en Mexico - 200 Anos De Herencia Cultural. {Origins of Syncretism in Mexico - 200 Years of Cultural Roots}
2002 0-7734-6938-9


Rightward drift of Mexico’s Former Revolutionaries. The Case of Antonio Diaz Soto y Gama
2010 0-7734-3665-0
Unlike other historical works, which have suggested that the national abandonment of revolutionary reform was due largely to corruption, this work reveals that often corruption had little to do with it; rather, old cultural beliefs worked their way to the surface within individuals.

Street Corner Marionettes of Mexico. A History of the Puppetry Company
2013 0-7734-4494-7
This is a translation from Spanish of the book titled, Marionetas de la Esquina Tras Bambalinas, which documents Las Marionetas de la Esquina, one of present-day Mexico’s longest enduring puppet theater groups. It’s the story of a small group’s obsession in perfecting an art form, in this case, one especially aimed at entertaining children.

Surrealismo En La Poesia de Xavier Villaurrutia, Octavio Paz,y Luis Cernuda. Mexico (1926-1963)
2008 0-7734-4946-9
Analyzes how Mexican Surrealist poets Villaurrutia, Paz, and Cernuda employed surrealist metaphors not primarily as a means of semantic dissonance, but to bring together antithetical or complementary states.

Use of Video for Political Consciousness Raising in Mexico. An Analysis of Independent Videos About the Zapatistas
2008 0-7734-5100-5
This study examines the use of video technology as an alternative communication medium within a dialogic framework. It draws on Mikhail Bakhtin’s theory of dialogism and employs a dialogic method that emphasizes diversity. The work takes as its focus the lives and work of a sample of significant independent video-makers on the indigenous Zapatista rebellion. By analysing dialogues within and around video technology it argues these encounters with contemporary events in Mexican history are contributing to an ongoing process of transformation in Mexican consciousness.

Women and the War Story in Mexico
2006 0-7734-5869-7
This book explores how women are represented in novels written by women which have conflict as their central thematic concern. The Revolution was the zero hour of twentieth century Mexican national discourse. Even while the war was being fought, writers felt the need to engage with the mythologies of that discourse and write their own versions of events. From these early witness accounts there developed a genre which would evolve to challenge the all-pervasive imagining of the nation on an institutional level. As a result, the Revolution was a pivotal event for writers. Heretofore, in the main, critical studies have only examined writing by men, while women’s contribution to this genre has been marginalized and ignored. This book provides a unique insight into the many roles which women had in the Revolution and assesses the complex and varied styles employed by three significant, and in many ways controversial, Mexican authors: Elena Garro, Elena Poniatowska, and Ángeles Mastretta. This is an important book which makes a significant contribution to the international debates which examine women’s many roles in wartime.