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Jack Child, Miniature Messages: The Semiotics of Latin American Postage Stamps. Durham: Duke University Press, 2008

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John Stolle-McAllister

University of Maryland-Baltimore County
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Abstract

I have to confess that when Miniature Messages first landed on my desk I was a little bit skeptical. Not being a collector, I was afraid that I was about to embark on a long, although certainly colorful, treatise of a hobby about which I had relatively little interest. My initial prejudice was quickly laid aside, as Child makes a compelling case for finding the political, social and cultural importance in the images that (at least used to) pass daily under our eyes. In this wonderfully interdisciplinary work, he uses his extremely detailed account of the history of the postage stamp in Latin America, to chart the contours of the region‘s political history, outlines a theory of semiotics that can be applied to other kinds of everyday cultural production, and finally through the beautiful reproductions and CD-ROM that accompanies the book, provides those of us who teach Latin American studies with material to engage our students on the topics of history, politics and aesthetics.

How to Cite: Stolle-McAllister, J., (2010). Jack Child, Miniature Messages: The Semiotics of Latin American Postage Stamps. Durham: Duke University Press, 2008. Middle Atlantic Review of Latin American Studies. 23(1), pp.59–60. DOI: http://doi.org/10.23870/92
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Published on 01 Jan 2010.

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