The Maya Literary Renaissance is a growing yet little-known literary phenomenon that can redefine our understanding of "literature" universally. By analyzing eight representative texts of this new and vibrant literary movement, the book argues that the texts present literature as a trans-species phenomenon that is not reducible only to human creativity. Based on detailed textual analysis of the literature in both Maya and Spanish as well as first-hand conversations with the writers themselves, the book develops the first conceptual map of how literature constantly emerges from wider creative patterns in nature. This process, defined as literary inhabitation, is explained by synthesizing core Maya cultural concepts with diverse philosophical, literary, anthropological and biological theories. In the context of the Yucatan Peninsula, where the texts come from, literary inhabitation is presented as an integral part of bioregional becoming, the evolution of the Peninsula as a constantly unfolding dialogue.

chapter 1|23 pages

Literary Inhabitation

part Part 1|104 pages

Lu’um: Writing the Land

chapter 2|22 pages

My Land

chapter 3|27 pages

Memories from the Heart of the Forest

chapter 4|23 pages

They Sing

chapter 5|26 pages

A Dog’s Lament of a Dog’s Life

part Part 2|101 pages

Wíinik: Writing Humanity

chapter 6|29 pages

Primordial Fire

chapter 7|20 pages

Tales of Old Mother Corn

chapter 9|23 pages

Grandfather Gregorio

A Maya Sage

chapter |4 pages


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