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Michael David Carrasco
Florida State University (Tallahassee, FL 32306-0001)
From the Stone Painter's Brush: An Anthology, Commentary, and Analysis of Classic Maya Literature, AD 250-900

A book and the revision of a website on Mayan writing as literature.

In the volume From the Stone Painter's Brush, I present an ethnopoetic analysis of Classic period Maya narratives and prepare translations of and commentaries on a selection of inscriptions. Drawing from the field of ethnopoetics and the ethnography of communication, as well as the artistic, ethnohistoric, and archaeological records, Part I outlines a methodology for textual analysis and presents synthetic discussion of texts across the entire corpus of Maya inscriptions, providing in-depth cultural context to the chapters that follow in Part II. Each chapter in Part II introduces a significant text or series of texts from such text-rich sites as Palenque, Copan, Yaxchilan, Quirigua, Piedras Negras, in addition to a selection of important narratives preserved on ceramics. This volume captures the inventive ways that text and images interact, highlights the poetic and literary nature of Classic Maya writing, and introduces an unprecedented number of texts to a broad audience.

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Project fields:
Art History and Criticism; Latin American Languages; Linguistic Anthropology

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Research Programs

$50,400 (approved)
$50,400 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2016 – 4/30/2017