The Routledge History of Latin American Culture delves into the cultural history of Latin America from the end of the colonial period to the twentieth century, focusing on the formation of national, racial, and ethnic identity, the culture of resistance, the effects of Eurocentrism, and the process of cultural hybridity to show how the people of Latin America have participated in the making of their own history.

The selections from an interdisciplinary group of scholars range widely across the geographic spectrum of the Latin American world and forms of cultural production. Exploring the means and meanings of cultural production, the essays illustrate the myriad ways in which cultural output illuminates political and social themes in Latin American history.

From religion to food, from political resistance to artistic representation, this handbook showcases the work of scholars from the forefront of Latin American cultural history, creating an essential reference volume for any scholar of modern Latin America.

chapter |5 pages


Cultura en Llamas

chapter 3|13 pages

The Trajectory of the African Michelina

Identities, Slavery, and Post-Abolition at the Parish of Nossa Senhora do Pilar, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

chapter 6|16 pages

The Politics of Enunciation

Indigenista and Contemporary Indigenous Literatures

chapter 9|14 pages

Chicano/a and Latino/a Studies in Mexico (History and Evolution)

Academy, Literature, Art, Theater, and Cultural Practices

chapter 14|11 pages

The Mapuche and “El Compañero Allende”

A Legacy of Social Justice, Historical Contradictions, and Cultural Debates

chapter 16|18 pages

The Energetic Body

Machines, Organisms, and Social Thermodynamics in Colombia’s Path to Modernity 1

chapter 17|18 pages

Feminism in the Southern Cone

The Periodical Press for and by Women

chapter 19|14 pages

The Feminist Debate in Mexico

chapter 22|15 pages

For Breath to Return to Love

B/ordering Violence and the War on Drugs

chapter 23|12 pages

The Intimate Life of the Pocha

A Genealogy of the Self-Ironic Turn in Chican@ Culture

chapter 24|22 pages

Queen of las Fiestas Patrias and Other Stories

Oral History, Memory, and Latinx Culture