The Poetics of Fire: Metaphors of Chile Eating in the Borderlands (Querencias) (Paperback)

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The Poetics of Fire: Metaphors of Chile Eating in the Borderlands (Querencias) (Paperback)

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In The Poetics of Fire, Pulitzer prize-winning journalist and Chicano author Victor M. Valle posits the chile as a metaphor for understanding the shared cultural histories of ChicanX and LatinX peoples from preconquest Mesoamerica to twentieth-century New Mexico. Valle uses the chile as a decolonizing lens through which to analyze preconquest Mesoamerican cosmology, early European exploration, and the forced conversion of Native peoples to Catholicism as well as European and Mesoamerican perspectives on food and place. Assembling a rich collection of source material, Valle highlights the fiery fruit's overarching importance as evidenced by the ubiquity of references to the plant over several centuries in literature, art, official documents, and more to offer a new eco-aesthetic reading--a reframing of culinary history from a pluralistic, non-Western perspective.
Product Details ISBN: 9780826365545
ISBN-10: 082636554X
Publisher: University of New Mexico Press
Publication Date: November 15th, 2023
Pages: 312
Language: English
Series: Querencias