Parution : Invasion and transformation : interdisciplinary perspectives on the Conquest of Mexico

Invasion and Transformation
Invasion and Transformation


Résumé de l’éditeur

“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

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.


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

Informations pratiques

  • Éditeur : Boulder : University Press of Colorado
  • Date de parution : 2008
  • Description matérielle : 1 vol. (XII-231 p.-[10] p. de pl.) : ill. en coul. ; 24 cm
  • Collection : (Mesoamerican Worlds Series).
  • Bibliogr. p. 207-224
  • ISBN 978-0-87081-886-8 (rel.) : 63 $. – ISBN 978-1-60732-001-2 (élec.) : 46,95 $


  • PARIS-BnF : Tolbiac – Rez-de-jardin – magasin : 2008-174106
  • MADRID-Casa de Velázquez
  • PARIS-BIS, Fonds général
  • PARIS-Médiathèque MQB
  • Disponible en ligne (payant), url : <>1.

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Olivier Jacquot (2020, 21 mars). Parution : Invasion and transformation : interdisciplinary perspectives on the Conquest of Mexico. Amoxcalli. Consulté le 4 mars 2024, à l’adresse

  1. Gratuit dans le cadre de la pandémie de COVID-19. []

Olivier Jacquot

Chargé de collections : manuscrits des fonds américains, Service des manuscrits ORientaux (SOR), département des Manuscrits (MSS), Bibliothèque nationale de France (BnF)

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