La Malinche in Mexican Literature: From History to Myth

December 1, 1991|
La Malinche in Mexican Literature: From History to Myth by Sandra Messinger Cypess
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Of all the historical characters known from the time of the Spanish conquest of the New World, none has proved more pervasive or controversial than that of the Indian interpreter, guide, mistress, and confidante of Hernan Cortes, Dona Marina - La Malinche - Malintzin. An Amerindian woman who was given as a gift to Cortes, she bore him a son whose birth symbolized the intermingling of races that would form the Mexican nation. She becomes not only the mother of the mestizo but also the Mexican Eve, the symbol of national betrayal. Very little documented evidence is available about Dona Marina. This work - the first serious study tracing La Malinche in texts from the conquest period to the present day - covers all genres: the chronicles, narratives, essays, plays, and poems. It is also the first study to delineate the transformation of this historical figure into a literary sign with multiple manifestations. Cypess treats works ranging from biographical-historical accounts of Cortes' contemporaries to modern works by Mexican and Chicana authors, including such seldom
Preface Acknowledgments 1. La Malinche as Palimpsest 2. Aztec Society before the Conquest 3. The Creation of Doña Marina in the Colonial Period 4. Eve and the Serpent: The Nationalists' View 5. Doña Marina Recast: From the Postintervention Period to 1950 6. La Malinche on Stage 7. Re/visions of the Cultural Metaphor 8. Re/formation of...
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Title:La Malinche in Mexican Literature: From History to MythFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:256 pages, 9 X 6 X 0.5 inShipping dimensions:256 pages, 9 X 6 X 0.5 inPublished:December 1, 1991Publisher:University Of Texas PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0292751346

ISBN - 13:9780292751347

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