"Combining social history with literary criticism, James Krippner-Martinez shows how a historiographically sensitive rereading of contemporaneous documents concerning the sixteenth-century Spanish conquest and evangelization of Michoacan, and of later writings using them, can challenge traditional celebratory interpretations of missionary activity in early colonial Mexico." "The book offers a fresh look at religion, politics, and the writing of history by employing a poststructuralist method that engages the exclusions as well as the content of the historical record. The moments of doubt, contradiction, and ambiguity thereby uncovered lead to deconstructing a coherent conquest narrative that continues to resonate in our present age."--BOOK JACKET.
Pt. I. The Politics of Conquest -- 1. The Vision of the Victors: History, Memory, and the Proceso contra Tzintzincha Tangaxoan  -- 2. Alterity, Alliance, and the Relacion de Michoacan  -- 3. The Writings of Vasco de Quiroga -- Pt. II. Reflections -- 4. Representing the "Spiritual Conquest": The Cronica de Michoacan  -- 5. Remembering Tata Vasco
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