Hispanic Baroque

Prof. George Lovell

Department of Geography | Queen's University

Mackintosh-Corry Hall, Room D201
Kingston, Ontario K7L 3N6
Phone: +001 (613) 533-6041 | Fax: +001 (613) 533-6122 | e-mail

Having recently finished translating, editing, and introducing (with Susan M. Neve and Christopher H. Lutz) the magnum opus of Severo Martinez Pelaez, La patria del criollo: Ensayo de intrepretacion de la realidad colonial guatemalteca (1970), I am steeped at the moment in Don Severo's controversial if not polemical views relating to ethnicity and identity, to say nothing of race and class--a lot of which I actually do not agree with. Comparing (actually contrasting) his diehard Marxist representations of "colonial Guatemalan reality" with how a younger generation of "post-colonial" scholars views the situation reveals much about historiographical developments in Mesoamerican studies over the past quarter-century or so. Setting up my participation in this way would also afford us ample opportunity to reflect on other key issues that pertain to the Baroque project as a whole.