Peter Sigal

Peter Sigal

Professor in the Department of History

External address: 
234 Classroom Building, Durham, NC 27708
Internal office address: 
Box 90719, Durham, NC 27708-0719

Overview

The relationships between gender, sexuality, and colonialism have intrigued me since I began my first book on Maya sexuality. I recently completed a study on the interaction of writing and sexual representation in sixteenth and seventeenth-century Nahua societies--The Flower and the Scorpion: Sexuality and Ritual in Early Nahua Culture (Durham: Duke University Press, 2011); I am currently co-editing with Neil Whitehead a volume on “ethnopornography,” the relationship between the colonial and ethnographic gaze and sexuality throughout the world; and engaging in research on the position of the hyper-masculinized Aztec warrior in early modern literature from Europe and the Americas. I have moved from studying sexual desires in indigenous communities to examining the early modern cultural processes that created global concepts of modern sexuality, gender, masculinity, and femininity.

Education & Training

  • Ph.D., University of California at Los Angeles 1995

  • M.A., University of California at Los Angeles 1992

  • B.A., Bucknell University 1986

Sigal, P. H., et al. Ethnopornography. University Press of Colorado, 2010.

Sigal, P. H., and James N. Green. Re-Gendering Latin America. Vol. 16, 2005.

Sigal, P. Infamous Desire: Male Homosexuality in Colonial Latin America. University of Chicago Press, 2003.

Sigal, P. “Sodomy.” Lexikon of the Hispanic Baroque: Transatlantic Exchange and Transformation, University of Texas Press, 2013.

Sigal, P. “Imagining Cihuacoatl: Masculine Rituals, Nahua Goddesses and the Texts of the Tlacuilos.” Historicising Gender and Sexuality, 2011, pp. 12–37. Scopus, doi:10.1002/9781444343953.ch1. Full Text

Sigal, P. “Colonial Reflections/Magical Imaginations: Pedro Lasch’s Tezcatlipoca.” Black Mirror/Espejo Negro, edited by Pedro Lasch, 2010.

Sigal, P. “The Perfumed Man: Sacrifice, Penetration, and the Feminization of the Male Body in Sixteenth-Century Mesoamerica.” Power, Gender, and Ritual in Europe and the Americas: Essays in Memory of Richard C. Trexler, edited by Peter Arnade and Michael Rocke, Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies, University of Toronto, 2008, pp. 299–316.

Sigal, P. “Sexuality in Maya and Nahuatl Sources.” Sources And Methods for the Study of Postconquest Mesoamerican Ethnohistory, edited by James Lockhart et al., 2007.

Sigal, P. “(Homo)Sexual Desire and Masculine Power in Colonial Latin America: Notes Toward an Integrated Analysis.” Infamous Desire: Male Homosexuality in Colonial Latin America, edited by Pete Sigal, University of Chicago Press, 2003.

Sigal, P. “Gendered Power, the Hybrid Self, and Homosexual Desire in Seventeenth and Eighteenth Century Yucatan.” Infamous Desire: Male Homosexuality in Colonial Latin America, edited by Pete Sigal, University of Chicago Press, 2003.

Sigal, P. “In this issue.” Hahr  Hispanic American Historical Review, vol. 96, no. 3, Aug. 2016, pp. 415–19. Scopus, doi:10.1215/00182168-3601526. Full Text

Sigal, P., et al. “James Lockhart (1933-2014).” Hispanic American Historical Review, vol. 95, no. 2, Duke University Press, Jan. 2015, pp. 335–39. Crossref, doi:10.1215/00182168-2874647. Full Text

Sigal, P. “Neil L. Whitehead (1956-2012).” Ethnohistory, vol. 59, no. 3, Duke University Press, July 2012, pp. 631–33. Crossref, doi:10.1215/00141801-1708579. Full Text

Sigal, P. “Imagining Cihuacoatl: Masculine Rituals, Nahua Goddesses and the Texts of the Tlacuilos.” Gender and History, vol. 22, no. 3, Nov. 2010, pp. 538–63. Scopus, doi:10.1111/j.1468-0424.2010.01610.x. Full Text

Sigal, P. “Imagining Cihuacoatl: Mexica Masculinity and Spanish Colonization.” Gender & History, vol. 22, Nov. 2010, pp. 538–63.

Sigal, P. “AHR forum latin America and the challenge of globalizing the history of sexuality.” American Historical Review, vol. 114, no. 5, Dec. 2009, pp. 1340–53. Scopus, doi:10.1086/ahr.114.5.1340. Full Text

Sigal, Pete. “Latin America and the challenge of globalizing the history of sexuality..” The American Historical Review, vol. 114, no. 5, Dec. 2009, pp. 1340–53. Epmc, doi:10.1086/ahr.114.5.1340. Full Text

Sigal, P. “The Memory of Bones: Body, Being, and Experience among the Classic Maya..” Hispanic American Historical Review, vol. 88, no. 2, Duke University Press, May 2008, pp. 302–03. Crossref, doi:10.1215/00182168-2007-130. Full Text

Sigal, P. “Queer Nahuatl: Sahagún's faggots and sodomites, lesbians and hermaphrodites.” Ethnohistory, vol. 54, no. 1, Dec. 2007, pp. 9–34. Scopus, doi:10.1215/00141801-2006-038. Full Text

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