Hierarchy, Commerce, and Fraud in Bourbon Spanish America
A Postal Inspector's Expose
Chapter 1 | Mexico City versus Lima: Pila, Puente, Pan, and Peines
Chapter 2 | Defacing a Bourbon Legend: Pedro, Pardo, Paulino, and Perulero
Chapter 3 | En Route and in the Loop: Trade, Metals, and Elites, circa 1700–1750
Chapter 4 | Of Gods and Men: Bourbon Blindness and the Post, circa 1750–1800
Chapter 5 | Before Race: Hierarchy in Bourbon Spanish America
Chapter 6 | The Inca Impostor Unmasked: Culture, Controversy, and Concolorcorvo
Chapter 7 | Trial of the Century: Humor, Rhetoric, and the Law
"A must read for scholars interested not only in El lazarillo de ciegos caminantes but also in the material reality of the Enlightenment in colonial Spanish America."
—Mariselle Meléndez, Revista de Estudios Hispanicos ~Mariselle Meléndez
"Hill's book not only brings into focus many previously unfathomed layers of Carrio's text but also provides a fascinating glimpse into the underworld of Bourbon officialdom—a world of sexual, social, and occupational intrigues in which racial and class identities were more complex than has generally been appreciated by literary critics. . . . Hill's new book stands as a model of scholarly erudition, historicist methodology, archival research for literary scholars and . . . makes important critical interventions that will set the parameters for all future discussions of Carrio's text and stimulate critical debate beyond."
—Ralph Bauer, Dieciocho: Hispanic Enlightenment ~Ralph Bauer
"A study of great scope, depth and originality. It questions, challenges and surprises, and it cannot be disregarded by any contemporary scholar of Bourbon Spanish-America or of Lazarillo de ciegos caminantes."
—Peter T. Bradley, Bulletin of Spanish Studies ~Peter T. Bradley
"Richly detailed, amply documented, and wholly original, this book looks at eighteenth-century Spanish America through the dual prism of literature and history. The real focus, though, is race and class in the Spanish colonies . . . The entire field is richer and more interesting because of [Hill's] efforts."
—David T. Gies, The Virginia Quarterly Review ~David T. Gies
"Professor Hill has delivered an extraordinarily rich piece of historical and literary scholarship. Hill offers original readings and throws new light on some of this canonical text's most hotly debated issues. Professor Hill takes up the challenge of reading colonial writing through material culture . . . and she delivers masterfully."
—Karen Stolley, Emory University ~Karen Stolley