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A World Not to Come

A History of Latino Writing and Print Culture

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ISBN 9780674970908

Publication Date: 08/29/2016


574 pages

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70 halftones, 4 maps


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  • List of Illustrations*
  • Note on Translations
  • Introduction
    • Divergent Revolutionary Genealogies
    • The Traumatic Origins of the Modern World
    • A History of Latino Textuality
    • Disenchantment
    • Becoming Latino
    • A Spiral Historical Narrative
  • I. Imagining New Futures
    • 1. Anxiously Desiring the Nation: The Skepticism of Scholasticism
      • The Beginning of the End
      • Provincial Education
      • The Scholastic Episteme
      • Skepticism in the Eastern Interior Provinces of New Spain
      • Imagining the Nation
    • 2. “Oh! How Much I Could Say!”: Imagining What a Nation Could Do
      • Voyage to the United States
      • Seeing a New Country
      • Admiring the Well-Being of the Nation
      • Struggling to Articulate the Sublime
  • II. Pursuing Reform and Revolution
    • 3. Seeking the Pueblo’s Happiness: Reform and the Discourse of Political Economy
      • The Need to Reform the Monarchy
      • The Discourse of Political Economy as the Vehicle for Greater Happiness
      • The Shifting Ideologies of Mercantilism to Free-Trade Capitalism
      • The Commercial Interests of Philadelphia’s Early Spanish Diplomats
      • Early U.S. Hispanic Publications, the Critique of Mercantilism, and the Common Good
      • Epistemic Shift
    • 4. From Reform to Revolution: Print Culture and Expanding Social Imaginaries
      • Communication Networks
      • Initial Ruptures
      • The Demise of the Hispanic Monarchy and the Birth of the Modern World
      • Print Culture and the Eruption of the Public Sphere
      • Reconfiguring Time and Space
  • III. Revolutionizing the Catholic Past
    • 5. Seduced by Papers: Revolution (as Reformation) in Spanish Texas
      • Modern Tempests
      • On the Spanish Texas–Louisiana Border
      • Revolution as End of the World
      • Revolution as Seduction
      • From Patriarchal Respect to Reciprocal Love
      • Alone with the Hurricane
    • 6. “We the Pueblo of the Province of Texas”: The Philosophy and Brute Reality of Independence
      • Reading Revolutionary Broadsheets Aloud
      • The Broadsheet’s Content
      • Francisco Suárez and the Catholic Corpus Mysticum
      • Revolutionary Catholic Visions of the Modern Political World
      • Indigenous Literacies
      • Catholic Republican Government
      • War and Terror
  • IV. The Entrance of Life into History
    • 7. “To the Advocates of Enlightenment and Reason”: From Subjects to Citizens
      • From Spanish Defeat to Mexican Independence
      • Writing and the Word of the Sovereign
      • Printing and the Making of Citizens in Postindependence Texas
      • Caring for the Social Body
    • 8. “Adhering to the New Order of Things”: Newspapers, Publishing, and the Making of a New Social Imaginary
      • Forced Peace
      • Interfacing with Writing and Print Culture
      • The Founding of Spanish-Language Newspapers
      • Producing a New Social Imaginary
      • Reconfigured Publics
      • A New Temporality
    • 9. “The Natural Sympathies That Unite All of Our People”: Political Journalism and the Struggle against Racism
      • Putting Pen to Political Work
      • Xenophobia and Anti-Mexican Violence
      • Representing Tejano Interests in the 1856 Election
      • Texas and the Gulf of Mexico Network
      • Reconfigured Imagined Communities
      • Racialization and Colonization
  • Conclusion
    • Surrounding Oneself with the Beauty of Life
    • A History of Writing, a Search for Presence
  • Appendixes: Transcriptions and Translations
    • 1. José Antonio Gutiérrez de Lara, “Americanos” (Proclamation, 1811; translation)
    • 2. José Álvarez de Toledo, Jesús, María, y José (Philadelphia, 1811; translation)
    • 3. Governing Junta of Béxar, “We the Pueblo of the Province of Texas” (San Antonio, Texas, April 6, 1813; transcription and translation)
    • 4. Anonymous, “Remembrance of the Things That Took Place in Béxar in 1813 under the Tyrant Arredondo” (transcription and translation)
  • Notes
  • Acknowledgments
  • Index
  • * Illustrations:
    • 1. José María Espinosa, Antonio Nariño, 1856
    • 2. Juan Mariano Bautista Picornell, Derechos del hombre y del ciudadano, con varias máximas republicanas y un discurso preliminar dirigido a los americanos, 1797
    • 3. Joseph Marx Liechtenstern, “Nord America mit Benützung der neuesten und zuverlaessigsten Quellen und Hülfsmittel,” 1805
    • 4. Gazeta de Mexico, April 15, 1809
    • 5. Anna Theresa Coronado de Rueda, “Provincia de Texas, 1805–1812”
    • 6. “Mapa topográfico de la provincia de Texas,” 1822
    • 7. Anna Theresa Coronado de Rueda, “Texas and the Eastern Provincias Internas”
    • 8. Matthew Carey, “Mexico or New Spain,” 1814
    • 9. Diego Valadés, “The Great Chain of Being,” 1579
    • 10. François Jacquier, Instituciones filosóficas, 1788
    • 11. Ramón García Zurita, José Bernardo Gutierrez de Lara, 1950s
    • 12. Route of José Bernardo Gutiérrez de Lara’s trip to the United States, August 1811–April 1812
    • 13. Representative page from José Bernardo Gutiérrez de Lara’s diary, 1811–1812
    • 14. Anonymous, Lincoln Cotton Mills, Lincolnton, 1813
    • 15. “Digo alas Américas! ¡Alerta!” José Bernardo Gutiérrez de Lara’s diary, 1811–1812
    • 16. Christopher P. Cranch, The Capitol, 1841
    • 17. Artist unknown, Don Diego María Gardoqui, ca. 1785
    • 18. Carlos María Martínez, Marqués de Casa D’Yrujo, ca. 1796–1810
    • 19. Carlos Martínez de Irujo, Compendio de la obra inglesa intitulada Riqueza de las Naciones, 1803
    • 20. Anonymous, Reflexiones sobre el comercio de España, 1799
    • 21. Anonymous, Observations on the commerce of Spain, with her colonies, in time of war, 1800
    • 22. Anonymous, Valentín de Foronda y González de Echavarri (1751–1821)
    • 23. Valentín de Foronda, Apuntes ligeros sobre los Estados Unidos de la América Septentrional, 1804
    • 24. Valentín de Foronda, Carta sobre lo que debe hacer un príncipe que tenga colonias a gran distancia, 1803
    • 25. Origin of documents discussed in this book
    • 26. Santiago Felipe Puglia, El Desengaño del Hombre, 1794
    • 27. Anonymous drawing of Juan Mariano Picornell
    • 28. Salvador Viniegra, La Promulgación de la Constitución de 1812, 1912
    • 29. Miguel Ramos Arizpe, Memoria que el Doctor D. Miguel Ramos de Arispe … presenta á el Augusto Congreso, 1813
    • 30. José Álvarez de Toledo, Manifiesto o satisfacción pundonorosa, 1811
    • 31. Juan Pablo Viscardo y Guzmán, Carta a los españoles americanos, 1801
    • 32. Juan Pablo Viscardo y Guzmán, Lettre aux espagnols-americains, 1799
    • 33. José Álvarez de Toledo, Contestación á la carta del Indio Patriota, 1812
    • 34. Isaiah Thomas’s press
    • 35. Gutiérrez de Lara diary, 1811–1812
    • 36. Manuel Salcedo, “Fieles Habitantes de esta Capl,” August 18, 1812
    • 37. José Álvarez de Toledo, El Amigo de los Hombres, 1812
    • 38. José Álvarez de Toledo, Jesús, María, y José, 1811 (front and back sides)
    • 39. Francisco Suárez’s theory of the system of laws
    • 40. José Álvarez de Toledo, Jesús, María, y José, 1811 (detail)
    • 41. “Mapa de los Estados Unidos de Méjico, Según lo organizado y definido, por las varias actas del Congreso de dicha República,” 1828
    • 42. The first Texan newspaper, Gaceta de Texas, May 25, 1813
    • 43. First page of “Memoria de las cosas más notables que acaecieron en Béxar el año de 13 mandando el Tirano Arredondo,” 1813
    • 44. Sketchpad drawing of the quinta by Morgan Wolfe Merrick, ca. 1850s
    • 45. Francisco Xavier Mina’s 1817 press
    • 46. Joaquín de Arredondo, Habitantes de las quatro provincias de Oriente de esta America septentrional, November 20, 1820
    • 47. J. Finlayson, “Mexico and Internal Provinces,” 1822
    • 48. José Félix Trespalacios, Proclamation to the ayuntamientos of San Antonio and La Bahía, August 25, 1822
    • 49. The Washington hand press, similar to the one used by Trespalacios
    • 50. Prospecto (Correo de Texas), April 9, 1823
    • 51. Ayuntamiento de Sombrerete, Zacatecas to Trespalacios, May 26, 1823
    • 52. José Félix Trespalacios, A los Filantrópicos sin ambición, April 18, 1823
    • 53. David H. Burr, “Texas,” 1834
    • 54. Signatures of those attending the town council meeting authorizing a committee to draft a petition to the Coahuila y Texas state legislature, December 19, 1832
    • 55. First page of “Representación,” December 19, 1832
    • 56. J. H. Young, “New Map of Texas with the Contiguous American and Mexican States,” 1835
    • 57. San Antonio Ayuntamiento, Representación dirijida por el ilustre ayuntamiento de la ciudad de Bexar al honorable congreso del estado, 1832
    • 58. Bissell B. Barber and Asaph Willard, “Map of the United States of America with Its Territories and Districts, Including also a part of Upper and Lower Canada and Mexico,” 1835
    • 59. Junta Gubernativa de la Provincia de Texas, Noticias del Govierno de Texas, 1823
    • 60. First issue of El Bejareño, February 7, 1855
    • 61. First issue of El Ranchero, July 4, 1856
    • 62. Second issue of El Correo, April 28, 1858
    • 63. William G. M. Samuel, West Side Main Plaza, San Antonio, Texas, 1849
    • 64. Theodore Gentilz, Fandango, late 1840s–1850s
    • 65. Theodore Gentilz, Entierro de un angel, 1850s
    • 66. Portrait of José Antonio Navarro
    • 67. José Antonio Navarro, Apuntes históricos interesantes de San Antonio de Béxar, 1869 (title page)
    • 68. José Agustín Quintero, ca. 1880
    • 69. J. H. Young, “A New Map of the United States of America,” 1856
    • 70. José Fermin Cassiano, Tomasa Flores de Cassiano, and children, ca. 1868
    • 71. Florencia Leal, Notebook, ca.1853–1870, p. 54
    • 72. Florencia Leal, Notebook, ca.1853–1870, p. 111

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