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“...offers a well-informed and academically creative reading of texts which foster the so-called colonial imaginary in relation to Spanish and Portuguese colonial enterprises in the Americas.”  Guido A. Podesta, University of Wisconsin-Madison

The legacy of Columbus’s discovery of the New World and its subsequent colonization is a current focus of much historical investigation.  Columbus himself continues to be a cipher like the signature he crafted for himself, a signature no one has been able to decode.  What is certain, however, is that this signature symbolized the construction of a colonial imagery that is still operative and that the consequences of the violent encounter between the European and Amerindian civilizations are now being debated and reinterpreted.

Amerindian Images and the Legacy of Columbus
examines the constitution of an Amerindian world of resistance against European cultural imperialism.  The essays in this volume by literary critics, linguists, semioticians, and historians argue that in the long run the images constructed by the Amerindians to confront the consequences of their encounter with European culture will ensure the endurance of their own culture, that they modified rather than renounced their own imaginary to integrate the material ramifications of their conquest and Westernization.  Amerindians in effect became their own Others, and in that process came to understand and accept the substantial alternity of the Other, ultimately realizing the impossibility of absolute assimilation.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Series Page, Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-x
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  1. Introduction: The Construction of a Colonial Imaginary: Columbus's Signature
  2. Rene Jara, Nicholas Spadaccini
  3. pp. 1-95
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  1. Chapter 1 Word and Mirror: Presages of the Encounter
  2. Miguel León-Portilla
  3. pp. 96-102
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  1. Chapter 2 De Bry's Las Casas
  2. Tom Conley
  3. pp. 103-131
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  1. Chapter 3 (Re)discovering Aztec Images
  2. Eloise Quinoñes Keber
  3. pp. 132-162
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  1. Chapter 4 Fantastic Tales and Chronicles of the Indies
  2. Manuel Alvar
  3. pp. 163-182
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  1. Chapter 5 Reading in the Margins of Columbus
  2. Margarita Zamora
  3. pp. 183-197
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  1. Chapter 6 To Read Is to Misread, To Write Is to Miswrite: Las Casas as Transcriber
  2. David Henige
  3. pp. 198-229
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  1. Chapter 7 Loving Columbus
  2. José Piedra
  3. pp. 230-265
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  1. Chapter 8 Fray Ramón Pané, Discoverer of the Taíno People
  2. José Juan Arrom
  3. pp. 266-290
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  1. Chapter 9 Colonial Writing and Indigenous Discourse in Ramón Pané's: Relación acerca de las antigüedades de los indios
  2. Santiago López Maguina
  3. pp. 291-311
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  1. Chapter 10 When Speaking Was Not Good Enough: Illiterates, Barbarians, Savages, and Cannibals
  2. Walter D. Mignolo
  3. pp. 312-345
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  1. Chapter 11 Colonial Reform or Utopia? Guaman Poma's Empire of the Four Parts of the World
  2. Rolena Adorno
  3. pp. 346-374
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  1. Chapter 12 Amerindian Image and Utopian Project: Motolinía and Millenarian Discourse
  2. Georges Baudot
  3. pp. 375-400
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  1. Chapter 13 The Place of the Translator in the Discourses of Conquest: Hernán Cortés's Cartas de relación and Roland Joffé's The Mission
  2. David E. Johnson
  3. pp. 401-424
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  1. Chapter 14 Other-Fashioning: The Discourse of Empire and Nation in Lope de Vega's El nuevo mundo descubierto por Cristóbal Colón
  2. Allen Carey-Webb
  3. pp. 425-451
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  1. Chapter 15 Authoritarianism in Brazilian Colonial Discourse
  2. Roberto Reis
  3. pp. 452-472
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  1. Chapter 16 Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz; or, The Snares of (Con)(tra)di(c)tion
  2. Elena Feder
  3. pp. 473-529
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  1. Chapter 17 The Indian as Image and as Symbolic Structure: Bartolomé Arzáns's Historia de la Villa Imperial de Potosí
  2. Leonardo García Pabón
  3. pp. 530-564
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  1. Chapter 18 Images of America in Eighteenth-Century Spanish Comedy
  2. Bernardita Llanos
  3. pp. 565-583
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  1. Chapter 19 Humboldt and the Reinvention of America
  2. Mary Louise Pratt
  3. pp. 584-606
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  1. Chapter 20 Atahuallpa Inca: Axial Figure in the Encounter of Two Worlds
  2. Marta Bermúdez-Gallegos
  3. pp. 607-628
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  1. Chapter 21 Art and Resistance in the Andean World
  2. Teresa Gisbert
  3. pp. 629-677
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  1. Chapter 22 Saer's Fictional Representation of the Amerindian in the Context of Modern Historiography
  2. Amaryll Chanady
  3. pp. 678-708
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  1. Chapter 23 An Image of Hispanic America from the Spain of 1992
  2. Angel López García
  3. pp. 709-728
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 729-736
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 737-758
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