Today's Potato Quote:
'Potatoes were, by many of them, recommended as the best of all possible substitutes; and indeed it must be admitted, that the potatoe is an excellent root; and such philosophers as have tried the experiment, unanimously agree that a man having quantum sufficit of roast mutton, roast pork, or roast beef, can very well eat potatoes with it instead of bread. But by far the most numerous sect of experimental philosophers, in the substitute way, declare, that even potatoes, though better than any other substitute, will by no means answer the purpose of bread, when eaten alone; but that, on the contrary, one pound of good bread will nourish and strengthen the human frame more than three pounds of potatoes. But as the last mentioned students who hold this opinion, consist of the poorer classes of the people, and were impelled by hunger to make their experiments, and not by the desire of knowledge or love of fame, perhaps their opinions and discoveries may have but little weight with the former, and far more respectable class, of philosophers, who, to their immortal honour, studied substitutes for bread upon a full belly.'
J.S. Girdler, Observations on the Pernicious Consequences of Forestalling, Regrating, and Ingrossing (London, 1800).
(For a list of past potato quotes click here.)
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B.A. 1986 Bryn Mawr College (major in Mathematics, minors in German and History of Art)
I am also exploring the distinctive Spanish American pictorial genre known as casta painting. An example appears below. A forthcoming article (William and Mary Quarterly, July 2016) on 'the pleasures of taxonomy' situates these paintings in the sentimental world of the colonial romance, as well as in the debates about human nature and mankind that typified eighteenth-century enlightened science.
José de Paez, De Español, y Negra, Produce Mulato
The Body of the Conquistador: Food, Race and the Colonial Experience in Spanish America, 1492-1700, Cambridge University Press (Cambridge, 2012) (Winner of the Conference on Latin America History 2013 Bolton-Johnson Prize)
The Return of the Native: Indians and Mythmaking in Spanish America, 1810-1930, Duke University Press (Durham, 2008). (Winner of the Conference on Latin American History's 2008 Bolton-Johnson Prize Honorable Mention)
España y la independencia de Colombia, Banco de la República (Bogotá, 2014).
Edited Collections and Special Editions
Edited Dossier: ‘European Cuisine and the Columbian Exchange’, Food and History, vol. 7:1 (2010).
Rumours of War: Civil Conflict in Nineteenth Century Latin America , University of London/Institute of Latin American Studies (London, 2000).
Epistolary Selves: Letters and Letter-Writers, 1600-1945 , Ashgate Press (Aldershot, 1999).
‘European Cuisine and the Columbian Exchange: Introduction’, Food and History, vol. 7:1 (2010), pp. 3-10.
‘‘If You Eat Their Food . . .’: Diets and Bodies in Early Colonial Spanish America’, American Historical Review, vol. 115:3 (2010), pp. 688-713. (Winner of the Agricultural History Society's Wayne D. Rasmussen Award)
‘Algunos Pensamientos sobre “el indio borracho” en el imaginario criollo’, Revista de Estudios Sociales (Colombia), vol. 29 (2008), pp. 18-27.
'Sobre Héroes y Tumbas: National Symbols in Nineteenth-Century Spanish America', Hispanic American Historical Review, vol. 85:3 (2005), pp. 375-416.
‘‘Two Pairs of Pink Satin Shoes!!’: Clothing, Race and Identity in the Americas, 17th-19th Centuries’, History Workshop Journal, issue 52 (2001), pp. 175-95.
‘Creole Patriotism and the Myth of the Loyal Indian’, Past & Present, vol. 172 (2001), pp. 125-45.
‘Information and Disinformation in Late Colonial New Granada’, The Americas, vol. 54:2 (1997), pp. 167-84.
‘A Grave for Europeans?’: Disease, Death, and the Spanish-American Revolutions’, War in History, vol. 3:2 (1996), pp. 371-83.
‘Indian Rebellion and Bourbon Reform in New Granada: Riots in Pasto, 1780-1800’, Hispanic American Historical Review, vol. 73:1 (1993), pp. 99-124.
‘La iconografía de la independencia en Cartagena y la Nueva Granada’, Cartagena de Indias en la Independencia, eds. Haroldo Calvo Stevenson and Adolfo Meisel Roca, Banco de la República (Cartagena, 2011), pp. 561-598.
‘The French Revolution in the Spanish American Imagination, 1789-1830’, War, Empire and Slavery, 1770-1830, eds. Richard Bessel, Nick Guyatt and Jane Rendall, Palgrave (London, 2010), pp. 179-200.
‘Clothing and Ethnicity in Colonial Spanish America’, The Fashion History Reader: Global Perspectives, eds. Giorgio Riello and Peter McNeill, Routledge (London, 2010), pp. 383-5.
‘Nationalism and National Costume in Spanish America’, The Politics of Dress in Asia and the Americas, eds. Mina Roces and Louise Edwards, Sussex Academic Press (Eastbourne, 2007), pp. 163-181.
‘Consumption and Excess in Colonial and Early-Independent Spanish America’, Imported Modernity in Post-Colonial State-Formation: The Appropriation of Political, Educational and Cultural Models in Nineteenth-Century Latin America, eds. Marcelo Caruso and Eugenia Roldán Vera, Peter Lang (Frankfurt am Main, 2007), pp. 341-61.
'Monumentos y museos: La nacionalización del pasado precolombino en la Hispanoamerica decimonónica', Galerias del progreso: museos, exposiciones y cultura visual en America Latina, eds. Beatriz Gonzalez Stephan and Jens Andermann, Beatriz Viterbo Editora : Colección Estudios Culturales (Buenos Aires, 2006), pp. 27-56.
‘Luxury, Clothing and Race in Colonial Spanish America’, Luxury in the Eighteenth Century: Debates, Desires and Delectable Goods, eds. Maxine Berg and Elizabeth Eger, Palgrave (London, 2003), pp. 219-27.
‘The Role of Print in the Spanish-American Wars of Independence’, The Political Power of the Word, ed. Ivan Jaksic, University of London/Institute of Latin American Studies (London, 2002), pp. 9-33.
‘Rape and the Anxious Republic. Revolutionary Colombia, 1810-1830’, Hidden Histories of Gender and the State in Latin America , eds. Maxine Molyneux and Elizabeth Dore, Duke University Press (Durham, 2000), pp. 127-46.
Recent and Current Research Topics Supervised
I am happy to supervise postgraduate research on topics concerned with the cultural history of colonial and 19th-century Spanish America. I have also supervised projects related to the history of masculinities, femininities and race in the USA. Here are some of the topics and students I have supervised, co-supervised and advised:
Desiree Arbo, 'The Reception of Rome in 19th century Paraguay and its Role in the Formation of Paraguayan Nationalism' (co-supervised with Andrew Laird, Classics)
Marcos Estrada 'The Brasiguaio Identity: Conceptualising Transnational Identity Constructions in the Brazil and Paraguay Shared Border' (co-supervised with Anton Popov, Sociology)
María Estrada Fuentes, 'Stages of Conflict: Performance in Social-reintegration of Former Child Soldiers in Colombia' (co-supervised with Silvija Jestrovic, Theatre Studies)
Rebecca Noble (co-supervised with Hilary Marland, History)
Anastasia Styliano (co-supervised with Peter Marshall, History)
Andrea Cadelo, 'Luxury, Sensibility, Climate and Taste in the Eighteenth-Century Worldwide Racialisation of Difference' (sole supervision)
Helen Cowie, 'Naturalistas sin Fronteras': Conquering Nature in the Spanish Empire (1750-1850)' ( (co-supervised with Anthony McFarlane, History)
Rebecca Griffin, 'Marriage and Courtship in Slave Culture in Antebellum North Carolina' (co-supervised with Cecilia Jones, Sociology)
Sergio Lussana, 'Band of Brothers: Enslaved Men of the Antebellum South' (co-supervised with Tim Lockley, History)
Deborah Toner, 'Alcohol, Literature and National Identity in Nineteenth-Century Mexico' (sole supervision)
Cecilia Tossounian, 'The Body Beautiful and the Beauty of Nation: Representing Gender and Modernity (Buenos Aires 1918-1940)' (co-supervised wtih the European University Institute, Florence)
Sergio Lussana, 'Band of Brothers: Enslaved African-American Masculinity in the Antebellum United States'
Kim Patrick, 'Why a Million Men Marched: An Analysis of Politics, Identity and the Million Man March'
Emma Rhodes-Brown, '"Know First Who You Are, Then Deck Yourself Out Accordingly": Dress and Adornment As a Form of Expression under Slavery in the American South'
Lewis Smith, 'Eating Indigène: Food, Hunger and (Post)-Colonial Governance in France and North Africa 1830-2011'
Hannah Stephenson, 'Symbolising Slavery: The Narrative of Sojourner Truth and the Female Slave Experience'
Deborah Toner, 'Maize, Alcohol and Cultural Identity in Colonial Mexico'
Christopher Zacharia, 'Drool Britannia: Cookbooks, the Imagined Community and Identity in Contemporary Britain'
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