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  • The Legacy of Rulership in Fernando de Alva Ixtlilxochitl’s Historia de la nación chichimeca
  • Leisa A. Kauffmann
  • 2019
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  • Published by: University of New Mexico Press
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In this book Leisa A. Kauffmann takes an interdisciplinary approach to understanding the writings of one of Mexico’s early chroniclers, Fernando de Alva Ixtilxochitl, a bilingual seventeenth-century historian from Central Mexico. His writing, especially his portrayal of the great pre-Hispanic poet-king Nezahualcoyotl, influenced other canonical histories of Mexico and is still influential today.

Many scholars who discuss Alva Ixtlilxochitl’s writing focus on his personal and literary investment in the European classical tradition, but Kauffmann argues that his work needs to be read through the lens of Nahua cultural concepts and literary-historical precepts. She suggests that he is best understood in light of his ancestral ties to Tetzcoco’s rulers and as a historian who worked within both Native and European traditions. By paying attention to his representation of rulership, Kauffmann demonstrates how the literary and symbolic worlds of the Nahua exist in allegorical but still discernible subtexts within the larger Spanish context of his writing.

In this book Leisa A. Kauffmann takes an interdisciplinary approach to understanding the writings of one of Mexico’s early chroniclers, Fernando de Alva Ixtilxochitl, a bilingual seventeenth-century historian from Central Mexico. His writing, especially his portrayal of the great pre-Hispanic poet-king Nezahualcoyotl, influenced other canonical histories of Mexico and is still influential today.

Many scholars who discuss Alva Ixtlilxochitl’s writing focus on his personal and literary investment in the European classical tradition, but Kauffmann argues that his work needs to be read through the lens of Nahua cultural concepts and literary-historical precepts. She suggests that he is best understood in light of his ancestral ties to Tetzcoco’s rulers and as a historian who worked within both Native and European traditions. By paying attention to his representation of rulership, Kauffmann demonstrates how the literary and symbolic worlds of the Nahua exist in allegorical but still discernible subtexts within the larger Spanish context of his writing.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Frontispiece, Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. i-viii
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xi-xiv
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-28
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  1. From Tlatoque to Caciques: Nahua-Christian Rulership in Deed and Word
  2. pp. 29-78
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  1. Constructin the Nahua-Christian University History: Rulers, Emplotment, and Chronotope
  2. pp. 79-128
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  1. Nezahualcoyotl as Tezcatlipoca: Alva Ixtlilxochitl’s Colonial Mexican Trickster Tale
  2. pp. 129-156
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  1. Nezahualcoyotl as Christian Prince: Crisis, Tribute, and the Rhetoric of Exemplarity
  2. pp. 157-198
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  1. Conclusion: Rulers, Rhetors, Tricksters, and the Composition of History
  2. pp. 199-208
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 209-256
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  1. References
  2. pp. 257-270
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 271-282
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780826360380
Related ISBN(s)
9780826360373
MARC Record
OCLC
1081367297
Pages
296
Launched on MUSE
2019-05-18
Language
English
Open Access
No
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