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PLAS Cuadernos

  1. Princeton University and the Academic Life of Empire, by Paul Kramer (1998, ix + 23 pp). PLAS Cuadernos No. 1. An exploration of Princeton University's involvement in the ideological debates that shaped the War of 1898 and American imperialism. Out of print and unavailable.
  2. Ricardo Piglia: Conversación en Princeton, Arcadio Díaz-Quiñones, Paul Firbas, Noel Luna, & José Antonio Rodríguez-Garrido, eds. (1998, xxii + 74 pp.). PLAS Cuadernos No. 2. Includes an extended interview with the acclaimed Argentine writer and Princeton University faculty member, plus critical essays on Piglia by the editors and Michelle Clayton, and an extensive bibliography of works by and about Piglia. Out of print and unavailable.
  3. Chile 1973-1998: The Coup and Its Consequences, Paul E. Sigmund, ed. (1999, vii + 69 pp).PLAS Cuadernos No. 3. Comprises the edited proceedings of a conference convened by Paul E. Sigmund and held September 28, 1998, at Princeton University. Includes eyewitness accounts by Edgardo Boeninger, Carlos Altamirano and Andrés Allamand. Out of print and unavailable.
  4. New Perspectives on Women and Migration in Colonial Latin America, M. Anore Horton, ed. (2001, ix + 57 pp.). PLAS Cuadernos No. 4. Three essays by distinguished colonial historians M. Anore Horton, Ida Altman, and Susan Migden Socolow; each addresses the significance of migration for women's lives in the Spanish colonial empire, and the ways that women's migration shaped the structures of that empire.
  5. Diamela Eltit: Conversación en Princeton, Michael J. Lazzara, ed. (2001, xii + 92 pp).PLAS Cuadernos No. 5. Transcribes numerous interviews conducted with distinguished Chilean author Diamela Eltit, who visited Princeton in spring 2001.
  6. Beyond the Lost Decade: Indigenous Movements, Development and Democracy in Latin America, José Antonio Lucero, ed. (2003, viii + 182 pp.).PLAS Cuadernos No. 6. Seven essays drawn from papers presented at the conference of the same name, held at Princeton in March 2001. Out of print and unavailable.
  7. Colombia: Civil Conflict, State Weakness and (In)Security, David Myhre, ed. (2003, xxv + 104 pp.).PLAS Cuadernos No. 7. Essays (by Eduardo Pizarro Leongómez, Arlene Tickner, Ann Mason, Luis Javier Orjuela & Eric Lair) on Plan Colombia, U.S. interventionism, the meaning of "terrorism," and the security crisis in Colombia as a "failing state."
  8. Feasting on Words: Maryse Condé, Cannibalism and the Caribbean Text, Vera Broichhagen, Kathryn Lachman, and Nicole Simek, eds. (2006, xiv + 233 p.). PLAS Cuadernos No. 8. An extended interview with Maryse Condé, a reflection on her work by Princeton’s Anthony Appiah, 10 critical essays by participants in a conference of the same name held at Princeton in 2004, and a comprehensive bibliography.
  9. Sorcerers of the Fifth Heaven: Ancient Nahua Art and Ritual of Southern Mexico, by John M.D. Pohl (2007, 52 pp.). PLAS Cuadernos No. 9. A pathbreaking study of the Maquiltonaleque a name meaning "Five Souls"), spirit beings who guided Nahua religious practitioners in their use of the ancient books to foretell events, cure disease, control the weather, determine royal marriages, and predict times for making war. Produced in connection with the eponymous 2007 exhibition at the Princeton University Art Museum that focuses on a remarkable effigy censer attributed to the Nahua and Mazatec peoples of the Tehuacan Valley of Puebla, Mexico, dating to C.E. 1500. Pohl proposes that an analysis of iconography, together with a comparison of colonial accounts and studies of contemporary ritualism, reveal how the censer would have been ritually articulated with codices, serving vessels, and associated objects in ancient times. Beautifully and extensively illustrated wide-format, soft-cover book in full color.
  10. Mixtec Narrative Ceramics of Ancient Oaxaca, by John M.D. Pohl (2007). PLAS Cuadernos No. 10. This study of Mixtec ceramics elaborates upon the intensive feasting networks maintained by southern Mexican nobles during the Postclassic period, as seen in the spread of a sophisticated technology for producing polychrome ceramics, together with the development of a unique representational art style and a concomitant pictographic communication system. Generally referred to by a geographical term, Mixteca-Puebla, the subsequent recognition of the role that Nahua and Mixtec peoples in particular played in the style's conception has led to the use of a cultural term: Nahua-Mixteca. The style was characterized by highly conventionalized symbols in vivid colors and an almost geometric precision in execution. The fact that so many 14th-century court artisans in such a broad geographical area could paint the same set of icons with the same degree of precision in style testifies to the high degree of elite integration that Eastern Nahua, Mixtec, and Zapotec royal houses achieved through their alliance system. Beautifully and extensively illustrated wide-format, soft-cover book in full color.

PLAS Working Papers

Theories of Development & Their Application to Small Countries: The Guatemalan Case, by Alejandro Portes. Working Paper No. 2, March 2000. 12 pp.

Decentralization, Democratization & Liberalization: The History of Revenue Sharing in Argentina, 1934–1999, by Kent Eaton. Working Paper No. 3, May 2000. 23 pp.

Literature & Lies after Borges, by Michael Wood. Working Paper No. 4, June 2000. 16 pp.

Writing Dark Times: Elena Garro, Writing & Politics, by Lucía Melgar-Palacios. Working Paper No. 5, November 2000. 22 pp.

Sociology in the Hemisphere: Past Convergences & a New Conceptual Agenda, by Alejandro Portes. Working Paper No. 6, October 2001. 37 pp.

Ordering information

Cuadernos 1, 2, 3 and 6 are out of print and unavailable.

Postpaid shipment to U.S. mailing addresses:

Cuadernos 4, 5 and 7 are $8.00 each; Cuaderno 8 is $12.00; Cuadernos 9 and 10 are $22.00 each. Working Papers are $4.00 each.

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Cuadernos 4, 5 and 7 are $10.00 each; Cuaderno 8 is $14.00; Cuadernos 9 and 10 are $24.00 each. Working Papers are $6.00 each.

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