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Heart of Creation: The Mesoamerican World and the Legacy of Linda Schele Paperback – May 2, 2002

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: University Alabama Press; 1st Edition edition (May 2, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0817311386
  • ISBN-13: 978-0817311384
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,506,327 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Library Journal

Linda Schele was a practicing artist who encountered the ruins of the Palenque dynasty (397-699 C.E.) in Chiapas, Mexico, in 1970 and, remarkably, soon thereafter shifted into academia as a major interpreter of Maya hieroglyphic writing and art. Her substantial writings include The Code of Kings with Peter Mathews, Justin Kerr, and Mac Duff; Hidden Faces of the Maya with Jorge Perez de Lara; and Maya Cosmos with David Friedel and Joy Parker. This volume, edited by art historian Stone (Univ. of Wisconsin, Milwaukee; Images from the Underworld), was compiled after a seminar in Schele's honor following her untimely death in 1998. The book includes reflections on Schele's contributions to the field, an original article by Schele edited posthumously, nine original articles by other experts in the field, a bibliography of Schele's work, and a warm, personal set of recollections of her life and personality. The black-and-white illustrations and photographs are clear and interesting. Because the articles require some acquaintance with the field, this book is recommended for academic collections emphasizing Mesoamerica. Paula R. Dempsey, DePaul Univ. Lib., Chicago
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"The insight we gain from the various authors into Schele's contributions and influence is enlightening."

"Essential to understanding how Maya studies have matured, due in large measure to Schele's efforts."

More About the Author

Marc Zender received his PhD in archaeology from the University of Calgary in 2004. He has taught at the University of Calgary (2002-2004) and Harvard University (2005-2011), and is now an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Tulane University, New Orleans, where he has taught epigraphy, linguistics and Mesoamerican languages since September 2011.

His research interests include anthropological and historical linguistics, comparative writing systems, and archaeological decipherment, with a regional focus on Mesoamerica (particularly Mayan and Nahuatl/Aztec). He is the author of several books and dozens of articles touching on these themes.

In addition to his research and writing, Marc is associate editor of The PARI Journal, and (with Joel Skidmore) co-maintainer of Mesoweb, a major internet resource for the study of Mesoamerican cultures.

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