Despite recent developments in epigraphy, ethnopoetics, and
the literary investigation of colonial and modern materials, few
studies have compared glyphic texts and historic Maya literatures.
Parallel Worlds examines Maya writing and literary
traditions from the Classic period until today, revealing
remarkable continuities across time.
In this volume, contributions from leading scholars in Maya
literary studies examine Maya discourse from Classic period
hieroglyphic inscriptions to contemporary spoken narratives,
focusing on parallelism to unite the literature historically.
Contributors take an ethnopoetic approach, examining literary and
verbal arts from a historical perspective, acknowledging that
poetic form is as important as narrative content in deciphering
what these writings reveal about ancient and contemporary
Encompassing a variety of literary motifs, including humor,
folklore, incantation, mythology, and more specific forms of
parallelism such as couplets, chiasms, kennings, and hyperbatons,
Parallel Worlds is a rich journey through Maya culture and
pre-Columbian literature that will be of interest to students and
scholars of anthropology, ethnography, Latin American history,
epigraphy, comparative literature, language studies, indigenous
studies, and mythology.
Subjects: Sociology, Anthropology, Language & Literature
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