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"Invasion and Transformation provides exciting readings of indigenous rationalizations of the history of the Spanish invasion and the colonizers' effort to assert their sense of superiority in their allegiance to Spanish imperial expansion. Together, these essays successfully force the reader to question conventional readings of both Spanish and indigenous conquest narratives."—Cristián Roa de la Carrera, University of Illinois at Chicago

Invasion and Transformation examines the Spanish conquest of the Aztec Empire and transformations in political, social, cultural, and religious life in Mexico during the Conquest and the ensuing colonial period. In particular, contributors consider the ways in which the Conquest itself was remembered, both in its immediate aftermath and in later centuries. Was Moteuczoma really as weak as history portrayed him? As Susan D. Gillespie instead suggests in "Blaming Moteuczoma," the representation of Moteuczoma as a scapegoat for the Aztec defeat can be understood as a product of indigenous resistance and accommodation following the imposition of Spanish colonialism. Chapters address the various roles (real and imagined) of Moteuczoma, Cortés, and Malinche in the fall of the Aztecs; the representation of history in colonial art; and the complex cultural transformations that actually took place. Including full-color reproductions of seventeenth-century paintings of the Conquest, Invasion and Transformation will appeal to scholars and students of Latin American history and anthropology, art history, colonial literature, and transatlantic studies.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. List of Illustrations
  2. pp. vii-x
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xi-xiv
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-8
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  1. Part I: Remembering the Legends: Moteuczoma, Cort
  2. pp. 9-10
  1. 1. Meeting the Enemy:Moteuczoma and Cort
  2. pp. 11-24
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  1. 2. Blaming Moteuczoma: Anthropomorphizing the Aztec Conquest
  2. pp. 25-56
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  1. 3. The Hero as Rhetor: Hernán Cortés’s Second and Third Letters to Charles V
  2. pp. 57-74
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  1. 4. Now You See Her, Now You Don’t: Memory and the Politics of Identity Construction in Representations of Malinche
  2. pp. 75-90
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  1. Part II. The Transformation of History: Painting the Conquest of Mexico
  2. pp. 91-92
  1. 5. Spanish Creation of the Conquest of Mexico
  2. pp. 93-102
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  1. 6. The Conquest of Mexico and the Representation of Imperial Power in Baroque New Spain
  2. pp. 103-124
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  1. 7. Painting a New Era: Conquest, Prophecy, and the World to Come
  2. pp. 125-150
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  1. Part III. Effects of Invasion: Death and Conquest
  2. pp. 151-152
  1. 8: Indian Autopsy and Epidemic Disease in Early Colonial Mexico
  2. pp. 153-166
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  1. 9. Death during the Conquest Era
  2. pp. 167-184
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  1. Part IV: Conquest of Mexico Paintings, the Kislak Collection, Library of Congress
  2. pp. 185-186
  1. 10: The Kislak Paintings and the Conquest of Mexico
  2. pp. 187-206
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  1. Works Cited
  2. pp. 207-224
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 225-232
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781607320012
Related ISBN
9780870818868
MARC Record
OCLC
608356748
Pages
256
Launched on MUSE
2011-07-21
Language
English
Open Access
No
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