Publication Date

1996

Document Type

Dissertation/Thesis

First Advisor

Kowalski, Jeff Karl, 1951-

Degree Name

M.A. (Master of Arts)

Department

School of Art

LCSH

Indian art--Mexico||Indian art--Guatemala||Mayas||Teotihuacán Site (San Juan Teotihuacán, Mexico)||Mexico--Antiquities||Guatemala--Antiquities||Tikal Site (Guatemala)

Abstract

This study is a discussion and examination of various interpretations used in Pre- Columbian art history contextualized within the historical influences of Western intellectual thought. The first chapter is a general discussion of ancient Teotihuacan, the second chapter outlines the historic construction of the Classic Maya (injected with radical post-modern comments), and the last chapter reviews a two-sided argument set forth by noted Pre-Columbian scholars on interpretations of Teotihuacan-Tikal (Maya) connections. From the time of the Spanish invasion of the New World five-hundred years ago to the present, Western perceptions of Pre-Columbian civilizations have significantly changed. Therefore, various theories about the historical, social, and political histories of Mesoamerica have shifted and shaped the discipline of 20th century Pre-Columbian art history, according to whichever Western intellectual thought(s) prevailed.

Comments

Includes bibliographical references (pages [106]-137)

Extent

xv, 259 pages

Language

eng

Publisher

Northern Illinois University

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In Copyright

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NIU theses are protected by copyright. They may be viewed from Huskie Commons for any purpose, but reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without the written permission of the authors.

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