Prof. George Lovell
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.