OU Press Offers New American West Series, Indian History of Native Mexico

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The University of Oklahoma Press, publisher of the Western Frontier Library and the Oklahoma Western Biographers, extends its long tradition as a publisher of books on the American West with a new series in fiction and critical studies titled "Literature of the American West."

The series will be open to a wide variety of writings about the West, including contemporary novels, books of personal essays, short- story collections, book-length essays, critical studies and memoirs. The series encourages works by and from the perspective of women and minority cultures.

Another new series published by the Press is a groundbreaking edition of the "Codex Chimalpahin," which makes available in English for the first time the transcription and translation of the most comprehensive history of native Mexico by a known Indian. The 17th-century Nahua, or Aztec, historian Chimalpahin is an extraordinary contribution to the historiography of preconquest and early colonial Mexico, but it has been little known or studied because of the inaccessibility of its Nahuatl-language prose. The "Codex Chimalpahin," which consists of more than 1,000 pages of Nahuatl and Spanish texts, is a life history of the only Nahua about whom much knowledge is available. …