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Violence and Culture in the Antebellum South

by Dickson D,. Jr. Bruce

This provocative book draws from a variety of sources-literature, politics, folklore, social history-to attempt to set Southern beliefs about violence in a cultural context. According to Dickson D. Bruce, the...


Roman Aristocrats in Barbarian Gaul: Strategies for Survival in an Age of Transition

by Ralph Mathisen

Skin-clad barbarians ransacking Rome remains a popular image of the "decline and fall" of the Roman Empire, but why, when, and how the Empire actually fell are still matters of debate among students of classical...


From Moon Goddesses to Virgins: The Colonization of Yucatecan Maya Sexual Desire

by Pete Sigal

For the preconquest Maya, sexuality was a part of ritual discourse and performance, and all sex acts were understood in terms of their power to create, maintain, and destroy society. As postconquest Maya adapted...


And Other Neighborly Names: Social Process and Cultural Image in Texas Folklore

by Richard Bauman & Roger D. Abrahams

"And Other Neighborly Names"-the title is from a study by Americo Paredes of the names, complimentary and otherwise, exchanged across cultural boundaries by Anglos and Mexicans-is a collection of essays devoted...


Cycles of Time and Meaning in the Mexican Books of Fate

by Elizabeth Hill Boone

In communities throughout precontact Mesoamerica, calendar priests and diviners relied on pictographic almanacs to predict the fate of newborns, to guide people in choosing marriage partners and auspicious wedding...


The Chosen Folks: Jews on the Frontiers of Texas

by Bryan Edward Stone

Texas has one of the largest Jewish populations in the South and West, comprising an often-overlooked vestige of the Diaspora. The Chosen Folks brings this rich aspect of the past to light, going beyond single...


The Fifth Sun: Aztec Gods, Aztec World

by Burr Cartwright Brundage & Roy E. Anderson

The ancient Aztecs dwelt at the center of a dazzling and complex cosmos. From this position they were acutely receptive to the demands of their gods. The Fifth Sun represents a dramatic overview of the Aztec...


James M. Cain and the American Authors' Authority

by Richard Fine

The 1940s offered ever-increasing outlets for writers in book publishing, magazines, radio, film, and the nascent television industry, but the standard rights arrangements often prevented writers from collecting...


Playback

by Richard "Cactus" Pryor & Liz Carpenter

From the town that brought you Molly Ivins, Liz Carpenter, John Henry Faulk, and Greater Tuna, here's Cactus Pryor. For decades, Cactus' wit and wisdom have delighted radio listeners, as well as the many social,...


Viva Cristo Rey!: The Cristero Rebellion and the Church-State Conflict in Mexico

by David C. Bailey

Between 1926 and 1929, thousands of Mexicans fought and died in an attempt to overthrow the government of their country. They were the Cristeros, so called because of their battle cry, ¡Viva Cristo Rey!-Long...


Medicine and the Saints: Science, Islam, and the Colonial Encounter in Morocco, 1877-1956

by Ellen J. Amster & Rajae El Aoued

The colonial encounter between France and Morocco took place not only in the political realm but also in the realm of medicine. Because the body politic and the physical body are intimately linked, French efforts...


Progressive Country: How the 1970s Transformed the Texan in Popular Culture

by Jason Mellard

During the early 1970s, the nation's turbulence was keenly reflected in Austin's kaleidoscopic cultural movements, particularly in the city's progressive country music scene. Capturing a pivotal chapter in American...


Galveston and the 1900 Storm: Catastrophe and Catalyst

by Patricia Bellis Bixel & Elizabeth Hayes Turner

The Galveston storm of 1900 reduced a cosmopolitan and economically vibrant city to a wreckage-strewn wasteland where survivors struggled without shelter, power, potable water, or even the means to summon help....


Women, Gender, and the Palace Households in Ottoman Tunisia

by Amy Aisen Kallander

In this first in-depth study of the ruling family of Tunisia in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, Kallander investigates the palace as a site of familial and political significance. Through extensive...


Americans in the Treasure House: Travel to Porfirian Mexico and the Cultural Politics of Empire

by Jason Ruiz

When railroads connected the United States and Mexico in 1884 and overland travel between the two countries became easier and cheaper, Americans developed an intense curiosity about Mexico, its people, and its...


Maya after War: Conflict, Power, and Politics in Guatemala

by Jennifer L. Burrell

Guatemala's thirty-six-year civil war culminated in peace accords in 1996, but the postwar transition has been marked by continued violence, including lynchings and the rise of gangs, as well as massive wage-labor...


Village of the Ghost Bells: A Novel

by Edla Van Steen & David George

In the village of the ghost bells, the church chimes ring-even though the church has no bells. One of the neighbors wants to buy dreams-or is she a dream that someone else is dreaming? Where and why do dreams...


Memories of Lazarus

by Adonias Filho & Fred P. Ellison

These are the recollections of Alexandre-of his life, his death-in-life, and his ultimate death, as they are played out against the mobile tapestry of the valley where he was born. The valley itself, in the...


Cumboto

by Ramón|Upton, John Díaz Sánchez

This richly orchestrated novel, which won a national literary prize in the author's native land, Venezuela, also earned international recognition when the William Faulkner Foundation gave it an award as the...


The Family Jewels: The CIA, Secrecy, and Presidential Power

by John Prados

In December 1974, a front-page story in the New York Times revealed the explosive details of illegal domestic spying by the Central Intelligence Agency. This included political surveillance, eavesdropping, detention,...