A Mirror Across the Water: Mimetic Racism, Hybridity, and Cultural Survival

  • Barbara Fuchs
Part of the Signs of Race book series (SOR)


It is my contention that the complexities of race in the New World cannot be adequately understood without a concomitant understanding of metropolitan, European racism. This essay first traces these transatlantic connections through the racial system in the Spanish Americas and then examines their refraction in the writings of an indigenous critic of the Conquista, Guaman Poma de Ayala. Finally, it takes Poma’s denunciation of hybridity as the occasion to interrogate our own critical fascination with the term, and with such figures as Poma himself.


Sixteenth Century Racial System Hybrid Culture Racial Ideology Race Mixture 
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