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The Daring Flight of My Pen
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In this engaging study Genaro Padilla enters into Villagrá’s epic poem of the Oñate expedition to reveal that the soldier was no mere chronicler but that his writing offers a subtle critique of the empire whose expansion he seems to be celebrating. A close reading of the rhetorical subtleties in the poem, Padilla argues, reveals that Villagrá surreptitiously parodies the King and Viceroy for their failures of vision and effectively dismantles Oñate as the iconic figure he has become today. Padilla’s study is not simply a close reading of this challenging work; it is also a lucid critique of our modern engagement with foundational documents, cultural celebrations, and our awareness of our relationship with New Mexico’s complicated multicultural legacies.

Table of Contents

  1. Front Cover
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  1. Title Page
  2. p. iii
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  1. Copyright
  2. p. iv
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  1. Contents
  2. p. vii
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  1. Foreword
  2. pp. ix-xii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xiii-xiv
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  1. Prologue
  2. pp. 1-10
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  1. 1: Fables of la nueva M
  2. pp. 11-42
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  1. 2: La Colonia: The Unsettled First Settlement
  2. pp. 43-82
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  1. 3: Acoma: El Pe
  2. pp. 83-123
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  1. Epilogue
  2. pp. 125-130
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 131-144
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 145-150
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 151-153
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  1. Back Cover
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