Sweet, "The Ibero-American Frontier Mission"; Bolton, "The Mission as a
Frontier Institution in the Spanish-American Colonies."
The "school of borderlands studies," whose beginnings are associated with
Herbert Eugene Bolton, now represents several generations of scholars. In
U.S. academia the field of borderlands teaching and research, although tra-
ditionally treated as a subsection of U.S. history, is more recently forging
ties to Latin American, Chicano/a, and Latino/a studies. See admirable
summaries of both the history and the historiography by David
The Spanish Frontier in North America; The Mexican Frontier, r82I-r846; and Myth
and History of the Hispanic Southwest. The Journal of the Southwest (University of
Arizona), among other regionally based journals, provides an important
forum for critical writing on the discursive reinvention of "Southwest."
Sonora publishes the Noroeste de Mexico series of original treatises
on the history and anthropology of the region.
3 This discussion (perforce brief) is informed, in part, by recent essays and
critiques represented by the following authors and works: Van Young,
"To See Someone not Seeing: Historical Studies of Peasants and Politics
in Mexico," "The Cuautla Lazarus: Double Subjectives in Reading Texts
on Popular Collective Action," and "Dreamscape with Figures and Fences:
Cultural Contention and Discourse in the Late Colonial Mexican Country-
side"; Seed, "Colonial and Postcolonial Discourse" and "More Colonial
and Postcolonial Discourses"; Mignolo, "Colonial and Postcolonial Dis-
course: Cultural Critique or Academic Colonialism?"; Adorno, "Reconsid-
ering Colonial Discourse for Sixteenth- and Seventeenth-Century Spanish
America"; Vidal, "The Concept of Colonial and Postcolonial Discourse";
Mallon, "The Promise and Dilemma of Subaltern Studies: Perspectives
from Latin American History"; Prakash, "Subaltern Studies as Postcolo-
nial Criticism" and "Introduction: After Colonialism"; Klor de Alva, "The
Postcolonization of the (Latin) American Experience: A Reconsideration
of 'Postcolonialism,' and 'Mestizaje' "; Silverblatt, "Becoming Indian in the
Central Andes of Seventeenth-Century Peru."
4 Indeed, these very terms are open
debate. Mignolo ("Colonial and Post-
colonial Discourse," p. 124) warns against confusing fields of study and
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