New World Postcolonial (Paperback)

The Political Thought of Inca Garcilaso de la Vega (Pitt Illuminations)

By James W. Fuerst

University of Pittsburgh Press, 9780822965404, 336pp.

Publication Date: May 11, 2018

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New World Postcolonial presents the first full-length study to treat both parts of Inca Garcilaso de la Vega's foundational text Royal Commentaries of the Incas as a seminal work of political thought in the formation of the early Americas and the early-modern period. It is also among a handful of studies to explore the Commentaries as a "mestizo rhetoric," written to subtly address both native Andean readers and Hispano-Europeans. As Fuerst demonstrates, by blending both Andean and European discourses to represent Incan history, Garcilaso further proposed restoring indigenous sovereignty by adopting a new mestizo governing body via the political alliance and intermarriage of encomenderos (estate holders) and Incas.  This policy extended to education, missionary practices, and others, reflecting Garcilaso's hopes of forming a peaceful coexistence among native Andeans, mestizos, and first generation Spaniards.

About the Author

James W. Fuerst is an assistant professor of writing, chair of writing, and co-chair of literary studies at Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts, The New School University.

Praise For New World Postcolonial: The Political Thought of Inca Garcilaso de la Vega (Pitt Illuminations)

"Fuerst's book on Inca Garcilaso's Royal Commentaries is an important contribution to postcolonial studies. Garcilaso's masterpiece on Inca history and Spanish conquest is given a new twist by examining it from the perspective of political theory. For the first time a monograph is dedicated to study Garcilaso as a political thinker exposing ideas from the European Renaissance as well as Andean thinking."
—Christian Fernandez, Louisiana State University