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Preface and Acknowledgments vii
Introduction: Writing and Recording Knowledge / Elizabeth Hill Boone 3
Literacy among the Pre-Columbian Maya: A Comparative / Stephen Houston 27
Aztec Pictorial Histories: Records without Words / Elizabeth Hill Boone 50
Voicing the Painted Image: A Suggestion for Reading the Reverse of the Codez Cospi / Peter L. van der Loo 77
The Text in the Body, the Body in the Text: The Embodied Sign in Mixtec Writing / John Monaghan 87
Hearing the Echoes of Verbal Art in Mixtec Writing / Mark B. King 102
Mexican Codices, Maps and Lienzos as Social Contracts / John M. D. Pohl 137
Primers for Memory: Cartographic Histories and Nahua Identity / Dana Leibsohn 161
Representation in the Sixteenth Century and the Colonial Image of the Inca / Tom Cummins 188
Signs and Their Transmission: The Question of the Book in the New World / Walter D. Mignolo 220
Object and Alphabet: Andean Indians and Documents in the Colonial Period / Joanne Rappaport 271
Afterword: Writing and Recorded Knowledge in Colonial and Postcolonial Situations / Walter D. Mignolo 292
Index 313

About the Author

Elizabeth Hill Boone is Director of Pre-Columbian Studies at Dumbarton Oaks.Walter D. Mignolo is Professor in the Department of Romance Studies and the Program in Literature at Duke University.


oDefinitions of writing for the Old World are often a bad fit when applied to te recording and mnemonic systems of the Americas. This is a major point emerging from Writing without Words, a collection that balances theoretical expositions with analyses of particular exemplars...Writing without Words is well-organized and original. It will be carefully studied by Mesoamericanists, and by people interested in the great intellectual enterprise of writing.O --Monica Barnes, The Americas

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