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Thresholds of Illiteracy: Theory, Latin America, and the Crisis of Resistance

Abraham Acosta


This book reevaluates Latin American theories and narratives of cultural resistance by advancing the concept of “illiteracy” as a new critical approach to understanding scenes or moments of social antagonism. “Illiteracy,” it claims, can offer us a way of talking about what cannot be subsumed within prevailing modes of reading, such as the opposition between writing and orality, that have frequently been deployed to distinguish between modern and archaic peoples and societies. The book is organized as a series of literary and cultural analyses of internationally recognized postcolonial narrati ... More

Keywords: cultural resistance, illiteracy, social antagonism, orality, archaic peoples, postcolonial narratives, Latin America, indigenism, testimonio, Zapatista movement

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780823257096
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2014 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823257096.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Abraham Acosta, author
University of Arizona