This is the first work to begin to fill a gap: an understanding of discourse aimed to persuade within the Pre-Columbian Americas. The contributors in this collection offer glimpses of what those indigenous rhetorics might have looked like and how their influences remain. The reader is invivted to recognize "the invention of the Americas," providing other ways to contemplate material life prior to contemporary capitalism, telling us about the global from long ago to current global capitalism. This book is the drop that will ripple, creating new lines of inquiry into language use within the Americas and the legacies of genocide, conquest, and cultural survival.
DAMIAN BACA is Assistant Professor of English and Affiliate Faculty in Mexican American studies at the University of Arizona, USA where he teaches comparative technologies of writing, American Indian rhetoric, Chicano and Latino literature, rhetoric in Mesoamerica and colonial Mexico, globalization, and ancestral literacy. As a recipient of the NCTE Cultivating New Voices among Scholars of Color Research Foundation and the Ronald E. McNair post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program, Baca is committed to mentoring students of underrepresented populations as they prepare to enter the professoriate.
VICTOR VILLANUEVA is Regents Professor of English at Washington State University, USA. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Edward R. Meyer Distinguished Professorship in Liberal Arts, 'Rhetorician of the Year' for 1999, the 1995 NCTE David H. Russell Award for Distinguished Research and Scholarship in English, and the Richard A. Meade Award for Distinguished Research in English Education.