Can the Subaltern See?: Photographs as History

An issue of: Hispanic American Historical Review

Can the Subaltern See?
Journal Issue Pages: 208 Volume 84, Number 1 Published: 2004 An issue of Hispanic American Historical Review
Special Issue Editor: Fernando Coronil
In the words of guest editor Fernando Coronil, this special issue of the Hispanic American Historical Review on photography contributes “an expanding discussion across disciplinary boundaries of the role of visuality in social life.” Helping to overcome the split between image and word in Western theory, the essays pinpoint the need to recognize the “play of all senses in the construction of reality.” Turning photos and collections of photos into historical documents, the four authors read images as texts to be analyzed in the context of their production and circulation.

Each essay looks at the role of a particular photographic genre in the making of modern Latin American identities. Articles cover the adaptation in late-nineteenth-century Oaxaca of European type photography as a tool of imperialist enterprise and science, state consolidation, and consumer culture; the use of portrait photography by the K’iche Mayans of Quetzaltenango; and the family album—made up of snapshots, postcards, and other memorabilia—as a historical document.

Contributors. Greg Grandin, Daniel James, Mirta Zaida Lobato, Deborah Poole


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1. Introduction: Seeing History–Fernando Coronil

2. Family Photos, Oral Narratives, and Identity Formation: The Ukrainians of Berisso–Daniel James and Mirta Zaida Lobato

3. An Image of “Our Indian”: Type Photographs and Racial Sentiments in Oaxaca, 1920-1940–Deborah Poole

4. Can the Subaltern Be Seen? Photography and the Affects of Nationalism–Greg Grandin


5. Miguel Angel Cuarterolo (1950-2002)–Thomas Whigham

6. Simon Collier (1938–2003)– Iván Jaksic´

7. François-Xavier Guerra (1942-2002)–Jean Meyer

Book Reviews


8. Central Africans and Cultural Transformations in the American Diaspora, edited by Linda Heywood–Ben Vinson III

9. Images of Ambiente: Homotextuality and Latin American Art, 1810-Today,

by Rudi C. Bleys–James N. Green

10. The Mexico Reader: History, Culture, Politics, edited by Gilbert M. Joseph and Timothy J. Henderson–Eric Zolov

11. The Soul of Latin America: The Cultural and Political Tradition, by Howard J. Wiarda–Florencia Ferreira

12. Sport in Latin America and the Caribbean, edited by Joseph L. Arbena and

David G. LaFrance–Roberto Gonzalez Echeverria


13. Le Portugal au temps du comte-duc d’Olivares (1621–1640): Le conflict de jurisdictions comme exercise de la politique, by Jean-Frédéric Schaub–Antonio Feros

Colonial Period

14. Florida’s Frontiers, by Paul E. Hoffman–Oakah L. Jones

15. Archaeology at La Isabela: America’s First European Town, by Kathleen Deagan and José María Cruxent–Charles R. Ewen

16. Conquest and Catastrophe: Changing Rio Grande Pueblo Settlement Patterns in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries, by Elinore Barrett–Robert H. Jackson

17. Bernardino de Sahagún: First Anthropologist, by Miguel León-Portilla–James Lockhart

18. Spanish American Saints and the Rhetoric of Identity, 1600–1810, by Ronald J. Morgan–Christopher Eric Garces

19. Monjas y beatas: La escritura femenina en la espiritualidad barroca novohispana, siglos XVII y XVIII, edited by Asunción Lavrin and Rosalva Loreto– Ronald J. Morgan

20. Caminos en la selva: Migración, comercio y resistencia. Mayas yucatecos e itzaes, siglos XVIII–XIX, by Laura Caso Barrera–Norman B. Schwartz

21. Honor y libertad: Discursos y recursos en la estrategia de libertad de una mujer esclava (Guayaquil a fines del período colonial), by María Eugenia Chaves–Michael T. Hamerly

22. Indian Society in the Valley of Lima, Peru, 1532–1824, by Paul Charney–Ward Stavig

23. Tropical Versailles: Empire, Monarchy, and the Portuguese Royal Court in Rio de Janeiro, 1808–1821, by Kirsten Schultz–Thomas H. Holloway

National Period

24. Translating Property: The Maxwell Land Grant and the Conflict over Land in the American West, 1840–1900, by María E. Montoya–Malcolm Ebright

25. October 1962: The “Missile” Crisis As Seen from Cuba, by Tomás Diez Acosta–Russell W. Ramsey

26. Taking Haiti: Military Occupation and the Culture of U.S. Imperialism, 1915-1940, by Mary A. Renda–Paul Dosal

27. Las finanzas públicas en los siglos XVIII–XIX, edited by Luis Jáuregui and

José Antonio Serrano Ortega–Edward Beatty

28. Nacho López: Mexican Photographer, by John Mraz–Paul J. Vanderwood

29. Revolution in the Street: Women, Workers, and Urban Protest in Veracruz, 1870

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