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This chapter traces how a learned Nahua of colonial Mexico attempted to transmit his ancestors’ pre-Hispanic past. The major scholar Domingo Chimalpahin (1579–ca. 1660) lived in Mexico City, the capital of the viceroyalty of New Spain, and was well versed in writings on and news from both the ‘“Old World’” and the Spanish overseas possessions. At t...
This chapter investigates the relation between political conceptions of native authors and their self-portrayals. Drawing on the works of Fernando de Alva Ixtlilxochitl in this context raises a number of questions: What image does he present of himself in the struggle for the conservation of his family’s traditional rights? What narrative strategie...
Lakshmibai, Rani (queen) of Jhansi, is an emblematic figure of the Indian rebellion against British colonial rule of 1857. In this article the development of her legend will be examined, from her death in battlefield to Indian independence in 1947, and compared with the historical Rani. A transformation of the legend can be traced from its use in i...
The historian Fernando de Alva Ixtlilxochitl stood at the crossroads between two worlds in colonial Mexico: Owing to his Aztec and Spanish heritage and Franciscan education he was intimately familiar with both ‘Old’ and ‘New World’ histories, writing in Spanish but using Aztec sources. This article seeks to trace the upheavals in historiography eme...
In my phd project I study the construction of political spaces in central colonial Mexico via the works of native authors of the late 16th and 17th centuries. It deals with the the influence of Spanish and Aztec concepts of lineage on the self-representation of these scholars. This is tied to their localisation in larger colonial discourses of ethnicity and race.