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Books  Maya Nationalisms and Postcolonial Challenges in Guatemala: Coloniality, Modernity, and Identity Politics

Emilio del Valle Escalante (born 1970) is a Guatemalan/Maya K’iche’ professor and researcher in Latin American and indigenous literatures and cultures currently at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has written and edited books on his fields of expertise as well as various journal articles. He has also presented talks at other U.S. educational institutions.



Del Valle Escalante received his PhD from the University of Pittsburgh in 2004. His areas of expertise include contemporary Latin American and indigenous literatures and social movements, cultural and post-colonial studies and indigenous studies. Much of his work has been focused on text production by indigenous peoples of the Americas and how these challenge the usual political and social narratives about Latin America. This is part of a broader theme of colonialism, nationhood, national identity, race/ethnicity and gender. He is currently working on a book tentatively entitled: “Before and After Genocide in Guatemala: ReBuilding the Maya World Through Literature (1961-2011)”, which focuses on the poetry of ten contemporary Maya poets related to the (post) civil war in Guatemala (1960-1996/2012).

He has presented his work such as Mayan movements at Penn State Lehigh Valley, and the Guatemalan Civil War at Virginia Commonwealth University.

He has been an associate professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill since the fall semester of 2007. Graduate courses he has taught include Indigenous Literatures of the Americas, Contemporary Central American Narrative and Spanish-American Literature:1880–Present. Undergraduate courses include Mesoamerica Through Its Literature, Introduction to Indigenous Literatures, Contemporary Latin American Narrative: Magic realism, boom and post-boom, Contemporary Latin America: México, Central America and the Andes and Introduction to Latin American Literature.


  • Maya Nationalisms and Postcolonial Challenges in Guatemala: Coloniality, Modernity and Identity Politics. Santa Fe, NM: School for Advanced Research Press, 2009. [1]
  • Nacionalismos mayas y desafíos postcoloniales en Guatemala: Colonialidad, Modernidad y Politicas de la identidad cultural. Guatemala: FLACSO, 2008.
  • Edited volumes

  • U'k'ux kaj, u'k'ux ulew: Antologia de poesia maya guatemalteca contemporanea. Pittsburgh, PA: Instituto Internacional de Literatura Iberoamericana, 2010.
  • Guest editor, Introductory Article, “Indigenous literatures and Social Movements in Latin America”, Special issue of the Latin American Indian Literatures Journal 1:24 (Fall 2008).
  • Sample articles

  • "Gregorio Condori Mamani and the Reconceptualization of Andean Memory in Cuzco, Peru." Studies in American Indian Literatures 21:4 (Winter 2009), 1-19.
  • “Globalización, Pueblos indígenas e identidad cultural en Guatemala.”InLógicas culturales y políticas: Un laborioso tejido en la Guatemala plural. Special issue of Revista de Estudios Interetnicos 21:15 (January, 2008), 35-60. (uncpub)
  • "Maya Nationalism and Political Decolonization in Guatemala". Latin American and Caribbean Ethnic Studies 1:2 (2006), 203-213. (uncpub)
  • “Vanguardia Hispanoamericana, modernidad y pueblos indígenas enPequeña sinfonía del Nuevo Mundo de Luís Cardoza y Aragón.”Mesoamérica 48 (Enero-Diciembre 2006), 129-148.
  • “Latinoamericanismo, Barroco de Indias y Colonialidad del poder: Reflexiones sobre políticas de exclusión.” Procesos: Revista Ecuatoriana de Historia 23 (I Semestre, 2006), 115-133.
  • “Discursos mayas y desafíos postcoloniales en Guatemala: Luis de Lión y El tiempo principia en Xibalbá.” Revista Iberoamericana 72:215-216 (Abril-Septiembre 2006), 545-558.
  • “Untying Tongues: Minority and Minoritizes Literatures in Spain and Latin America” (With Alfredo Sosa Velasco, Special issue of Romance Notes, 2011)
  • "Teorizando las literaturas indigenas contemporaneas" in A contracorriente
  • http://acontracorriente.chass.ncsu.edu/index.php/acontracorriente/article/view/712/1266#.UaSbcrXVArU

    Other articles have been published in venues such as Mesoamerica, Studies in American Indian Literature, Revista Iberoamericana, Latin American Caribbean and Ethnic Studies, Procesos: Revista Ecuatoriana de Historia and Revista de Estudios Interétnicos.


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