Peter Sigal

Professor in the Department of History

External address: 
234 Carr, Durham, NC 27708
Internal office address: 
Box 90719, Durham, NC 27708-0719
Phone: 
(919) 684-3551

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, PH, Whitehead, N, Larkins, ER, and Tortorici, Z. Ethnopornography. University Press of Colorado, 2010.

Sigal, PH, and Green, JN. Re-Gendering Latin America. 2005.

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

Sigal, P. "Sodomy." In 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." In Historicising Gender and Sexuality, 12-37. September 9, 2011. Full Text

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

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

Sigal, P. "Sexuality in Maya and Nahuatl Sources." In Sources And Methods for the Study of Postconquest Mesoamerican Ethnohistory,edited by J Lockhart, L Sousa, and S Wood. 2007.

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

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

"In This Issue." Hispanic American Historical Review 96, no. 3 (August 2016): 415-419. Full Text

Sigal, P, Restall, M, Wood, S, and Pizzigoni, C. "James Lockhart (1933-2014) Obituary." HAHR-HISPANIC AMERICAN HISTORICAL REVIEW 95, no. 2 (May 2015): 335-339. Full Text

Sigal, P. "Neil L. Whitehead (1956-2012)." ETHNOHISTORY 59, no. 3 (2012): 631-633. Full Text

Sigal, P. "Imagining Cihuacoatl: Mexica Masculinity and Spanish Colonization." Gender & History 22 (November 2010): 538-563.

Sigal, P. "Imagining Cihuacoatl: Masculine Rituals, Nahua Goddesses and the Texts of the Tlacuilos." Gender and History 22, no. 3 (November 1, 2010): 538-563. Full Text

Sigal, P. "Latin America and the challenge of globalizing the history of sexuality." Am Hist Rev 114, no. 5 (December 2009): 1340-1353.

Sigal, P. "AHR forum latin America and the challenge of globalizing the history of sexuality." American Historical Review 114, no. 5 (December 1, 2009): 1340-1353. Full Text

Sigal, P. "The Memory of Bones: Body, Being, and Experience among the Classic Maya." Hispanic American Historical Review 88, no. 2 (May 1, 2008): 302-303. Full Text

Sigal, P, and Chuchiak, JF. "Ethnohistory: Guest Editors' Introduction." Ethnohistory 54, no. 1 (December 1, 2007): 3-8. Full Text

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