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Signs of the Americas: A Poetics of Pictography, Hieroglyphs, and Khipu

Edgar Garcia


Indigenous sign-systems, such as pictographs, petroglyphs, hieroglyphs, and khipu, are usually understood as relics from an inaccessible past. That is far from the truth, however, as this book makes clear. Rather than being dead languages, these sign-systems have always been living, evolving signifiers, responsive to their circumstances and able to continuously redefine themselves and the nature of the world. The book tells the story of the present life of these sign-systems, examining the contemporary impact they have had on poetry, prose, visual art, legal philosophy, political activism, and ... More

Keywords: poetry, poetics, anthropology, indigenous, Latino, Latin American, Americas, semiotics, aesthetics, World Literature

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780226658971
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2020 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226659169.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Edgar Garcia, author
University of Chicago

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