History Department
History Department

IHS Book Talk: "Latin America in the Modern World," by Virginia Garrard, University of Texas at Austin (History Faculty New Book Talk)

Wed, November 13, 2019 | GAR 4.100

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

The History Faculty New Book Series presents:

Latin America in the Modern World
Co-Authored by Virginia Garrard, Peter V. N. Henderson, and Bryan McCann

A book talk and discussion with
Virginia Garrard
Professor of History, and
Director, LLILAS Benson Latin American Studies and Collections
University of Texas at Austin

Latin America in the Modern World (Oxford University Press, 2018) is the first text to situate the history of Latin America within a wider global narrative. Written by leading scholars, the book focuses on five themes: state formation; the construction of national identity through popular culture and religion; economics and commodities; race, class, and gender; and the environment. Emphasizing the distinct experiences of each of the Latin American countries, the book provides students with an entry point into understanding this vital region. Instead of suggesting that all Latin American nations have an interchangeable heritage, the authors seek to clearly identify themes, topics, people, and intellectual currents that help to knit the history of modern Latin America into a coherent category of study. While providing in-depth coverage of the history of the three largest Latin American countries (Mexico, Brazil, and Argentina), Latin America in the Modern World also offers case studies from almost all of the countries, including Central American and Andean nations.

Virginia Garrard is Director of LLILAS Benson Latin American Studies and Collections and Professor of History at the University of Texas at Austin. She co-edited with Stephen Dove and Paul Freston the Cambridge History of Religions in Latin America (Cambridge University Press, 2016). She is the author of Terror in the Land of the Holy Spirit: Guatemala Under General Efraín Ríos Montt, 1982-1983 (Oxford University Press, 2010); Terror en la tierra del Espiritu Santo (Guatemala: AVANCSO, 2012); Viviendo en La Nueva Jerusalem (Guatemala: Editorial Piedra Santa, 2009), and Protestantism in Guatemala: Living in the New Jerusalem (University of Texas Press, 1998). She is co-editor, along with Mark Atwood Lawrence and Julio Moreno of Beyond the Eagle's Shadow: New Histories of Latin America's Cold War (University of New Mexico Press, 2013), a volume which was developed out of the Institute’s 2009 conference titled “Latin America in the Cold War.” She has also edited On Earth as it is in Heaven: Religion and Society in Latin America (Scholarly Resources, 2000) and co-edited with David Stoll, Rethinking Protestantism in Latin America (Temple University Press, 1993). Her new monograph Faces of God in Latin America, about indigenous interpretations of Christianity, will be published on Oxford University Press in 2020.

Free and Open to the public. Please RSVP to cmeador@austin.utexas.edu to reserve your seat. No pre-circulated reading. This event is part of the 2019-2020 History Faculty New Book Talk Series at the Institute for Historical Studies.

Sponsored by: Institute for Historical Studies in the Department of History, and and LLILAS Benson Latin American Studies and Collections

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