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Book of the Fourth World
Reading the Native Americas through their Literature

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  • Date Published: November 1995
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521314930

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  • The Book of the Fourth World offers detailed analyses of texts that range far back into the centuries of civilised life from what is now Latin- and Anglo-America. At the time of its 'discovery', the American continent was identified as the Fourth World of our planet. In the course of just a few centuries its original inhabitants, though settled there for millennia and countable in many millions, have come to be perceived as a marginal if not entirely dispensable factor in the continent's destiny. Today the term has been taken up again by its native peoples, to describe their own world: both its threatened present condition, and its political history, which stretches back thousands of years before Columbus. In order to explore the literature of this world, Brotherston uses primary sources that have traditionally been ignored because they have not conformed to Western definitions of oral and written literature, such as the scrolls of the Algonkin, the knotted strings (Quipus) of the Inca, Navajo dry-paintings and the encyclopedic pages of Meso-America's screenfold books.

    • Explores native American texts from the pre-Colombian classics to more recent works
    • Uses indigenous texts as primary sources to provide a literary map of the continent
    • Lavishly illustrated with several major narrative American texts published for the first time in colour
    • Relates archaeology and history to current issues
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    • Date Published: November 1995
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521314930
    • length: 520 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 154 x 25 mm
    • weight: 0.758kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of illustrations
    Prefatory notes
    Acknowledgements
    Prologue: America as the fourth world
    Part I. Text:
    1. Provenance
    2. Language and its instances
    3. Configurations of space
    4. Configurations of time
    Part II. Political Memory:
    5. Peten
    6. Tollan
    7. Turtle Island
    8. Tahuantinsuyu
    Part III. Genesis:
    9. Popol Vuh
    10. World ages and metamorphosis
    11. The epic
    12. American cosmos
    Part IV. Into the language of America
    13. The translation process
    Epilogue
    Abbreviations used in notes and bibliography
    Notes
    Glossary
    Bibliography
    Index.

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