Amerindian Images and the Legacy of Columbus

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Twenty-three brilliant chapter-essays address aspects of the question of how to think about Columbus, discovery, and colonization in a world made aware of the rape of the land and the brutality and injustice demonstrated toward its indigenous peoples. The editors offer a passionate 95-page introduction titled "The Construction of a Colonial Imaginary: Columbus's Signature." Paper edition (2167-5), $24.95. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816621675
  • Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/1992
  • Series: Hispanic Issues Series
  • Pages: 768
  • Product dimensions: 5.44 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Construction of a Colonial Imaginary: Columbus's Signature 1
Ch. 1 Word and Mirror: Presages of the Encounter 96
Ch. 2 De Bry's Las Casas 103
Ch. 3 (Re)discovering Aztec Images 132
Ch. 4 Fantastic Tales and Chronicles of the Indies 163
Ch. 5 Reading in the Margins of Columbus 183
Ch. 6 To Read Is to Misread, To Write Is to Miswrite: Las Casas as Transcriber 198
Ch. 7 Loving Columbus 230
Ch. 8 Fray Ramon Pane, Discoverer of the Taino People 266
Ch. 9 Colonial Writing and Indigenous Discourse in Ramon Pane's Relacion acerca de las antiguedades de los indios 291
Ch. 10 When Speaking Was Not Good Enough: Illiterates, Barbarians, Savages, and Cannibals 312
Ch. 11 Colonial Reform or Utopia? Guaman Poma's Empire of the Four Parts of the World 346
Ch. 12 Amerindian Image and Utopian Project: Motolinia and Millenarian Discourse 375
Ch. 13 The Place of the Translator in the Discourses of Conquest: Hernan Cortes's Cartas de relacion and Roland Joffe's The Mission 401
Ch. 14 Other-Fashioning: The Discourse of Empire and Nation in Lope de Vega's El nuevo mundo descubierto por Cristobal Colon 425
Ch. 15 Authoritarianism in Brazilian Colonial Discourse 452
Ch. 16 Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz; or, The Snares of (Con)(tra)di(c)tion 473
Ch. 17 The Indian as Image and as Symbolic Structure: Bartolome Arzans's Historia de la Villa Imperial de Potosi 530
Ch. 18 Images of America in Eighteenth-Century Spanish Comedy 565
Ch. 19 Humboldt and the Reinvention of America 584
Ch. 20 Atahuallpa Inca: Axial Figure in the Encounter of Two Worlds 607
Ch. 21 Art and Resistance in the Andean World 629
Ch. 22 Saer's Fictional Representation of the Amerindian in the Context of Modern Historiography 678
Ch. 23 An Image of Hispanic America from the Spain of 1992 709
Contributors 729
Index 737
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