Book Review James H. Cox. The Red Land to the South: American Indian Writers and Indigenous Mexico. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2012. isbn 978-0-8166-7597-5. 288 pp. Jace Weaver, University of Georgia Full disclosure up front: I was involved in the publication of James Cox's The Red Land to the South. It was the last project I brought in as coeditor of the Indigenous Americas series at the University of Minnesota Press. It was not, however, published until I was no longer associated with the series. Rereading it again recently reminded me of the qualities I saw in it as a manuscript, though. Cox examines the representations of Mexico, most specifically Indigenous Mexico, by American Indian writers of the first half of the twentieth century. It is not a literary history of Indigenous Mexico. It is a study of a particular set of representations that were filtered through the (often) romantic desires of the authors. Most of these representations are from fiction and drama, though real-world events, such as Mexican president Lázaro Cárdenas's land reform in the 1930s (most famously depicted in Marjorie Becker's Setting the Virgin on Fire: Lázaro Cárdenas, Michoacán Peasants and the Redemption of the
Studies in American Indian Literatures – University of Nebraska Press
Published: May 14, 2016
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