Parution : Traitor, survivor, icon : the legacy of La Malinche

Traitor, survivor, icon : the legacy of La Malinche


  • Lyall, Victoria I. Éditeur scientifique
  • Romo, Terecita. Éditeur scientifique

Victoria I. Lyall is the Frederick and Jan Mayer Curator of Art of the Ancient Americas at the Denver Art Museum.
Terezita Romo is lecturer and affiliate faculty in the Chicana/o Studies Department at University of California–Davis.

Résumé de l’éditeur

The first major visual and cultural exploration of the legacy of La Malinche, simultaneously reviled as a traitor to her people and hailed as the mother of Mexico.

An enslaved Indigenous girl who became Hernán Cortés’s interpreter and cultural translator, Malinche stood at center stage in one of the most significant events of modern history. Linguistically gifted, she played a key role in the transactions, negotiations, and conflicts between the Spanish and the Indigenous populations of Mexico that shaped the course of global politics for centuries to come. As mother to Cortés’s firstborn son, she became the symbolic progenitor of a modern Mexican nation and a heroine to Chicana and Mexicana artists. 

Traitor, Survivor, Icon is the first major publication to present a comprehensive visual exploration of Malinche’s enduring impact on communities living on both sides of the US-Mexico border. Five hundred years after her death, her image and legacy remain relevant to conversations around female empowerment, indigeneity, and national identity throughout the Americas. This lavish book establishes and examines her symbolic import and the ways in which artists, scholars, and activists through time have appropriated her image to interpret and express their own experiences and agendas from the 1500s through today.


  • How memories of Malintzin shifted in the sixteenth century / Camilla Townsend
  • From the annals of Tlatelolco
  • “Malinchista: a myth revised” / Alicia Gaspar de Alba
  • Crimes of the tongue : a Malinche tree inside me / Alicia Gaspar de Alba
  • Uprooted : reconsidering indigenous representations of Malinche / Victoria I. Lyall and Jesse Laird Ortega
  • From Hernán Cortés, second letter to Charles V
  • From Book XII of the Florentine Codex ; Image between time : Malinche in the seventeenth to nineteenth centuries / Charlene Villaseñor Black
  • The many views of “Mother Malinche” and allegories of gender, ethnicity, and national identity / Sandra Messinger Cypress
  • Crafting the national : visible and invisible Malinches / Luis Vargas-Santiago
  • The role of La Malinche in Danza Conchera / Inés Hernández-Ávila
  • Reexamining Malinche’s betrayal / Lisa Sousa
  • The sentimental fantasy of miscegenation : La Malinche in the popular Mexican imaginary / Emmanuel Ortega
  • From “Los hijos de la Malinche” (“The sons of La Malinche”)
  • “La maldición de Malinche” (“Malinche’s curse”)
  • Malinche reembodied and resignified : art, performance, and film by contemporary Mexican women / Karen Cordero Reiman
  • Hijas de la Malinche : Chicanas reinscribe an icon / Terezita Romo
  • Poems: “Malinche” / Rosario Castellanos ; “Como duele” / Adaljiza Sosa-Riddell
  • From “Chicana evolution” / Sylvia Alicia Gonzáles
  • “Los poemas de Marina” (“The Marina Poems”) / Lucha Corpi
  • “La Malinche” / Carmen Tafolla ; From “Trilogy” / Naomi Quiñonez
  • From “Malinche’s tips : pique from Mexico’s mother” / Pat Mora

Informations pratiques

  • Titre : Traitor, survivor, icon : the legacy of La Malinche : exhibition, Denver art museum, February 6-May 8, 2022 ; Albuquerque museum, June 11- September 4, 2022 ; San Antonio museum of art, October 14, 2022-January 8, 2023 / [catalogue] edited by Victoria I. Lyall and Terezita Romo
  • Titre de forme : [Exposition. Albuquerque, Albuquerque museum. 2022]. – [Exposition. San Antonio, San Antonio museum of art. 2022/2023]
  • Éditeur : Denver : Denver art museum ; New Haven : Yale University press
  • Date de parution : cop. 2022
  • Description matérielle : 1 vol. (XI-211 p.) : ill. en coul. ; 29 cm
  • Note : Publié à l’occasion de l’exposition ‘Traitor, Survivor, Icon : The Legacy of La Malinche’, organisée par le Denver Art Museum. [Présenté au] Denver Art Museum, 6 février – 8 mai 2022, Albuquerque Museum, 11 juin – 4 septembre 2022, San Antonio Museum of Art, 14 octobre 2022 – 8 janvier 2023. – Textes en anglais, certains en espagnol avec des traductions anglaises parallèles de l’espagnol
  • Annexe : Bibliogr. p. 196-201. Index
  • Identifiants, prix et caractéristiques : ISBN 978-0-300-25898-1 (rel.)


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Citer ce billet
Olivier Jacquot (2024, 21 janvier). Parution : Traitor, survivor, icon : the legacy of La Malinche. Amoxcalli. Consulté le 19 avril 2024, à l’adresse

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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