Thesis Series: Cannibals and Codices

August 1, 2017

In the second installment of our Thesis Series, Jen discusses her research of Mesoamerican codices, the contemporary artist Enrique Chagoya, and the ultimate taboo -- human cannibalism *gasp*.


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Boone, Elizabeth Hill and Walter D. Mignolo, eds. Writing Without Words: Alternative Literacies in Mesoamerica and the Andes. Durham: Duke University Press, 1994.

Boone, Elizabeth Hill. Stories in Red and Black: Pictorial Histories of the Aztecs and Mixtecs. Austin: University of Austin Press, 2000.

Chagoya, Enrique. “Oral history interview with Enrique Chagoya.” Interview by Paul Karlstrom. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. July 25th-August 6th, 2001.

________. “A Lost Continent: Writings Without an Alphabet.” In The Road to Aztlán: Art from a Mythic Homeland. Exhibition catalogue. Virginia M. Fields and Victor Zamudio-Taylor, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 2001.

Gruzinski, Serge. Images at War. Translated by Heather MacLean. Durham: Duke University Press, 2001.

Miller, Mary Ellen. The Art of Mesoamerica. London: Thames and Hudson, 1996.