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Specters of ConquestIndigenous Absence in Transatlantic Literatures$
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Adam Lifshey

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780823232383

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823232383.001.0001

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Indigenous Atextualizations: The Popol Vuh and I, Rigoberta Menchú: An Indian Woman in Guatemala

Indigenous Atextualizations: The Popol Vuh and I, Rigoberta Menchú: An Indian Woman in Guatemala

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Specters of Conquest
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Adam Lifshey

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823232383.003.0003

The vanishing of aborigines from particular landscapes is a common trope in literatures of the Americas, as is the stereotypical association of indigenes with different types of silence. Yet even when compelled by the advancement of conquering forces, movements into communicative invisibility and inaudibility can take place on the terms of those forced to disappear. Though produced amid injustice, specters usually have the last word. And they often pronounce it in absence. Narratives such as the Popol Vuh and the much later K'iche' testimonial I, Rigoberta Menchú: An Indian Woman in Guatemala perform indigenous resistance via unarticulated textualities whose contestatory stories, like the traces left by indigenes in Columbus's diary, lie beyond the reach of foreign incorporation.

Keywords:   aborigines, indigenes, silence, vanishing, absence, specters, Popol Vuh, K'iche', Columbus

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