Parution : Ballads of the Lords of New Spain : The Codex Romances de los Señores de la Nueva España

Ballads of the Lords of New Spain
Ballads of the Lords of New Spain

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Résumé de l’éditeur

Compiled in 1582, Ballads of the Lords of New Spain is one of the two principal sources of Nahuatl song, as well as a poetical window into the mindset of the Aztec people some sixty years after the conquest of Mexico. Presented as a cancionero, or anthology, in the mode of New Spain, the ballads show a reordering—but not an abandonment—of classic Aztec values. In the careful reading of John Bierhorst, the ballads reveal in no uncertain terms the pre-conquest Aztec belief in the warrior’s paradise and in the virtue of sacrifice. This volume contains an exact transcription of the thirty-six Nahuatl song texts, accompanied by authoritative English translations. Bierhorst includes all the numerals (which give interpretive clues) in the Nahuatl texts and also differentiates the text from scribal glosses. His translations are thoroughly annotated to help readers understand the imagery and allusions in the texts. The volume also includes a helpful introduction and a larger essay, “On the Translation of Aztec Poetry,” that discusses many relevant historical and literary issues. In Bierhorst’s expert translation and interpretation, Ballads of the Lords of New Spain emerges as a song of resistance by a conquered people and the recollection of a glorious past.

Sommaire

  • Preface vii
  • A Note on Orthography xi
  • Using the Online Edition xiii
  • Introduction 1
  • On the Translation of Aztec Poetry 24
  • Guide to the Vocabulary 71
  • Romances de los Señores de la Nueva España/
  • Ballads of the Lords of New Spain
  • Guide to the Transcription 76
  • The Text in Nahuatl and in English 80
  • Part 1
    • [I] 1. Friends, let us sing 81
    • [II] 2. “I’m coming, I, Yoyontzin, craving flowers” 85
    • [III] 3. Again they make music 87
    • [IV] 4. God Self Maker’s home is nowhere 89
    • [V] 5. Friends, listen to this 91
    • [VI] 6. “I come to guard the city” 95
    • [VII] 7. The flower lords, the song bells 97
    • [VIII] 8. Chalco’s come to fight 99
    • [IX] 9. Let’s drink 99
    • [X] 10. For a moment God’s drums come forth 101
    • [XI] 11. May your flesh, your hearts be leafy green 105
    • [XII] 12. The flower trees are whirling 107
    • [XIII] 13. In this flower house 109
    • [XIV] 14. Princes, I’ve been hearing good songs 111
  • Part 2
    • [XV] 1. Now let us begin 115
    • [XVI] 2. A master of egrets makes these flowers move 117
    • [XVII] 3. On this flower mat you paint your songs 119
    • [XVIII] 4. Are You obliging? 121
    • [XIX] 5. I’m born in vain 123
    • [XX] 6. I strike up a song 125
    • [XXI] 7. I stand up the drum 127
    • [XXII] 8. Your flowers blossom as bracelets 131
    • [XXIII] 9. My heart is greatly wanting flowers 133
    • [XXIV] 10. Let there be comrades 135
    • [XXV] 11. Strike it up beautifully 137
    • [XXVI] 12. Eagle flowers, broad leafy ones, are sprouting 139
    • [XXVII] 13. A shield-roaring blaze-smoke rises up 141
    • [XXVIII] 14. Flowers are our only adornment 143
  • Part 3
    • [XXIX] 1. [. . .] 147
    • [XXIX-A] 1-A. You paint with flowers, with songs 149
    • [XXX] 2. Your flowers are jade 151
    • [XXXI] 3. Come forth and play our drum 151
    • [XXXII] 4. In the house of pictures 153
  • Part 4
    • [XXXIII] 1. Begin in beauty 157
    • [XXXIV] 2. Like flowers 159
    • [XXXV] 3. “Never with shields” 161
    • [XXXVI] 4. Jade, turquoise: your chalk, [your] plumes 161
  • Commentary 163
  • Concordance to Proper Nouns 189
  • Verbs, Particles, and Common Nouns 204
  • Appendix I: Two Versions of the Myth of the Origin of Music 207
  • Appendix II: Corrections for the Cantares Edition 211
  • Bibliography 221
  • Index 233

Informations pratiques

  • Editeur : Austin : University of Texas press
  • Date de parution : 2009
  • Description matérielle : 1 vol. (XII-237 p.) : jaquette ill. en coul. ; 23 cm
  • Collection : (The William & Bettye Nowlin series)
  • Bibliogr. p. [221]-232. Index
  • ISBN 978-0-292-71852-4 (rel.)

Localisations

  • PARIS-BnF : Tolbiac – Rez-de-jardin – magasin : 2009-209457
  • PARIS-Médiathèque MQB
  • Disponible en ligne (payant), url : <https://muse.jhu.edu/book/17286>1.
  1. Gratuit dans le cadre de la pandémie de COVID-19. []

Olivier Jacquot

Coordonnateur de la recherche > Délégation à la Stratégie et à la recherche > Bibliothèque nationale de France

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