The Society for U.S. Intellectual History is pleased to announce the results of the deliberation of this year’s Annual Book Award Committee. The committee, composed of Jennifer Ratner-Rosenhagen, University of Wisconsin; Robert Westbrook, University of Rochester; and Howard Brick, University […]
CFP: S-USIH Panels at the OAH Annual Meeting Providence, Rhode Island April 7-10, 2016 The Society for U.S. Intellectual History (S-USIH) will present up to two solicited panels as an affiliate organization at the April 2016 meeting of Organization of […]
The Society for U.S. Intellectual History announces a new prize, to be given triennially, for the best book in the History of American Philosophy, broadly conceived. Funded by a generous grant from the John Dewey Foundation, this prize will be […]
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Raúl Coronado, A World Not to Come: A History of Latino Writing and Print Culture (Harvard University Press, 2013) 555 pages.
(The previous entries for the roundtable can be found using the following links: Lilian Calles Barger’s introduction here, Philip Lorenz’s critique here, Tamar Herzog’s analysis here, and finally Ralph Bauer’s contribution here.)
Review by Beatriz Gonzalez-Stephan, Rice University
At various levels, A World Not to Come constitutes an extraordinary contribution to distinct and interconnected lines of scholarly debates engaged with Latin American and trans-hemispheric history. One of those lines of research, and perhaps the most notorious, has to do with filling a void in the historiography of the Spanish empire since 1808 and the events specific to the region of Texas (which made up part of the Eastern Interior Provinces with Nuevo Santander, Coahuila, and Nuevo León), faced with the theretofore unimagined possibility of constructing a modern state with all its possible contradictions. In other words, although the bibliography covering the process and wars of independence of Hispanic-America is abundant, the mediating space between the Mexico and the U.S., Texas, has been completely obliterated. Because Texas found itself in an interstitial space, in two peripheries (that of the Viceroyalty of New Spain and the frontiers of North America), at the mercy of neglect of Mexican governments, the victim of the avarice of Anglo settlers, at the same time the hegemonic narratives have obstructed the rich heritage of Hispanic Texas. To engage with the Spanish speaking Mexican-Tejano community of the region, and describe a key period for the trajectory of U.S. Latino culture, is to add to the historiography of the Hispanic culture on the continent.