Cover

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pp. 1-1

Title Page, Copyright Page

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pp. 2-7

Contents

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pp. vii-viii

List of Illustrations

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pp. ix-xii

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Introduction. Texts and Contexts: "Bookish Architecture," Mural Painting, and Theatricality in Colonial Mexico

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pp. 3-29

A detailed look at the development of a unique early Indo-Christian literary expression reveals a close relationship between the dramatic and plastic arts, a cultural and generic syncretism that began in the second decade of the sixteenth century.1 As a result of the unexpected encounter between two cultures and the gradual synthesis of two representative and ideological traditions, ...

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Chapter One. Toward a Literature of Foundations

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pp. 30-57

During its early stages, the literature of New Spain included works of a marked historiographical nature, whose formal and thematic characteristics are defined by the fact that they are extra-literary, and that their purpose—within a historical context—was far from emulating a traditional work of literary fiction that might entertain Cervantes’s “curious leader.”1 ...

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Chapter Two. Renascent Genres in New Spain

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pp. 58-89

Both the genesis and development of New Spain’s missionary theater, analyzed in the previous chapter, were an almost exclusive product of a didactic tradition born during the European Middle Ages and based on a rudimentary dramatic performance, although modified in order to adapt to a unique situation: ...

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Chapter Three. Iconography and Evangelization

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pp. 90-123

The relatively few surviving examples of the thousands of square meters of mural painting that once covered the interior walls of monasteries, churches, and processional chapels of New Spain, built at the request of the three principal evangelistic orders, constitute an iconographical representation ...

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Chapter Four. The Last Judgment: Mural Painting and Missionary Theater

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pp. 124-158

Fernando Horcasitas has located the most detailed reference to the Spanish-American Apocalypse, the day in which the Final Judgment is to take place, in the Doctrina cristiana en lengua española y mexicana por los religiosos de la Orden de Santo Domingo (Christian Doctrine in the Spanish and Mexican Languages by the Order of Santo Domingo): ...

Appendix. The Last Judgment

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pp. 159-176

Notes

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pp. 177-206

Bibliography

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pp. 207-216

Index

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pp. 217-224

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About the Author

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pp. 238-238

Michael K. Schuessler is professor of humanities at the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana, Cuajimalpa, in Mexico City, where he teaches courses dedicated to Latin American art and literature, pre-Columbian Mexico, and colonial Mexico. He received his PhD in Hispanic languages and literatures from the University of California, Los Angeles, ...