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Invasion and Transformation: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on the Conquest of Mexico

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Invasion and Transformation examines the Spanish conquest of the Aztec Empire and transformations in political, social, cultural, and religious life in Mexico during the Conquest and the ensuing colonial period. In particular, contributors consider the ways in which the Conquest itself was remembered, both in its immediate aftermath and in later centuries.

Was Moteuczoma really as weak as history portrayed him? As Susan D. Gillespie instead suggests in "Blaming Moteuczoma," the...

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Invasion and Transformation examines the Spanish conquest of the Aztec Empire and transformations in political, social, cultural, and religious life in Mexico during the Conquest and the ensuing colonial period. In particular, contributors consider the ways in which the Conquest itself was remembered, both in its immediate aftermath and in later centuries.

Was Moteuczoma really as weak as history portrayed him? As Susan D. Gillespie instead suggests in "Blaming Moteuczoma," the representation of Moteuczoma as a scapegoat for the Aztec defeat can be understood as a product of indigenous resistance and accommodation following the imposition of Spanish colonialism. Chapters address the various roles (real and imagined) of Moteuczoma, Cortés, and Malinche in the fall of the Aztecs; the representation of history in colonial art; and the complex cultural transformations that actually took place.

Including full-color reproductions of seventeenth-century paintings of the Conquest, Invasion and Transformation will appeal to scholars and students of Latin American history and anthropology, art history, colonial literature, and transatlantic studies. Contributors include Rebecca P. Brienen, Louise M. Burkhart, Ximena Chávez Balderas, Constance Cortez, Viviana Diáz Balsera, Martha Few, Susan D. Gillespie, Margaret A. Jackson, Diana Magaloni Kerpel, Matthew Restall, Michael Schreffler.

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"Invasion and Transformation provides exciting readings of indigenous rationalizations of the history of the Spanish invasion and the colonizers' effort to assert their sense of superiority in their allegiance to Spanish imperial expansion. Together, these essays successfully force the reader to question conventional readings of both Spanish and indigenous conquest narratives."
—Cristián Roa de la Carrera, University of Illinois at Chicago
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Rebecca P. Brienen and Margaret A. Jackson are assistant professors of art history at the University of Miami.
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Table of Contents


List of Illustrations     vii
Acknowledgments     xi
Introduction     1
Remembering the Legends: Moteuczoma, Cortes, and Malinche
Meeting the Enemy: Moteuczoma and Cortes, Herod and the Magi   Louise M. Burkhart     11
Blaming Moteuczoma; Anthropomorphizing the Aztec Conquest   Susan D. Gillespie     25
The Hero as Rhetor: Hernan Cortess Second and Third Letters to Charles V   Viviana Diaz Balsera     57
Now You See Her, Now You Don't: Memory and the Politics of Identity Construction in Representations of Malinche   Constance Cortez     75
The Transformation of History: Painting the Conquest of Mexico
Spanish Creation of the Conquest of Mexico   Matthew Restall     93
The Conquest of Mexico and the Representation of Imperial Power in Baroque New Spain   Michael J. Schreffler     103
Painting a New Era: Conquest, Prophecy, and the World to Come   Diana Magaloni-Kerpel     125
Effects of Invasion: Death and Conquest
Indian Autopsy and Epidemic Disease in Early Colonial Mexico   Martha Few     153
Death During the Conquest Era   Ximena Chavez Balderas     167
Conquest of Mexico Paintings, the Kislak Collection, Library of Congress
The Kislak Paintings and the Conquest of Mexico   Rebecca P.Brienen   Margaret A. Jackson     187
Works Cited     207
Index     225
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