New World Postcolonial presents the first full-length study to treat both parts of Inca Garcilaso de la Vega's foundational text Royal Commentaries of the Incas as a seminal work of political thought in the formation of the early Americas and the early-modern period. It is also among a handful of studies to explore the Commentaries as a "mestizo rhetoric," written to subtly address both native Andean readers and Hispano-Europeans. As Fuerst demonstrates, by blending both Andean and European discourses to represent Incan history, Garcilaso further proposed restoring indigenous sovereignty by adopting a new mestizo governing body via the political alliance and intermarriage of encomenderos (estate holders) and Incas. This policy extended to education, missionary practices, and others, reflecting Garcilaso's hopes of forming a peaceful coexistence among native Andeans, mestizos, and first generation Spaniards.
About the Author
James W. Fuerst is an assistant professor of writing, chair of writing, and co-chair of literary studies at Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts, The New School University.
Table of ContentsCONTENTS ACKNOWLEDGMENTS FOREWORD BY SARA CASTRO-KLAREN INTRODUCTION 1. BECOMING AN INCA: LIFE, WORKS, AND CONTEXT 2. MESTIZO RHETORIC 3. THE MANY FACES OF VIRACOCHA AND THE TURNING OF THE WORLD: TRAGEDY, CONVERSION, REBIRTH 4. AUCA: TO KILL A TYRANT 5. “DIE A KING”: GONZALO PIZARRO’S REBELLION 6. JESUIT AMAUTAS: PREJUDICE, PREACHING, AND PEDAGOGY IN PERU APPENDIX. “PROLOGUE TO THE INDIANS, MESTIZOS, AND CREOLES OF THE KINGDOMS AND PROVINCES OF THE GREAT AND MOST RICH EMPIRE OF PERU, EL YNCA GARCILASSO DE LA VEGA, YOUR BROTHER COMPATRIOT AND FELLOW COUNTRYMAN, HEALTH AND HAPPINESS” NOTES BIBLIOGRAPHY INDEX