From Field to Genre and Habitus

Joel Robbins

in Converting Words

Published by University of California Press

Published in print March 2010 | ISBN: 9780520257702
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520944916 | DOI:
From Field to Genre and Habitus

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This chapter discusses genre distinctions in colonial Maya discourse that are organized by six main parameters: metalinguistic classification as displayed in the texts themselves, including the ways in which language is represented; the production and reception format of the work, distinguishing principal, author, scribe, witness, authority addressed, and authority invoked; the deictic centering of the work in the here-now of its production via signatures, dates, and places of production (including those attached to the front matter of published works) and in appeals to firsthand evidence; variation in style, including opening and closing formulas, persuasion, claims to authenticity, verse parallelism, and rhetorically charged tropes; multimodality in performance dimensions involving the interaction of bodies, objects, built space, gesture, and perception; and iteration in transdiscursive series, through multiple copies or performances and intertextual repetitions.

Keywords: Maya discourse; genre distinctions; metalinguistic classification; production and reception format; deictic centering; style variation; multimodality; iteration

Chapter.  12033 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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