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Author Kauffmann, Leisa (Leisa A.), 1969- author

Title The legacy of rulership in Fernando de Alva Ixtlilxochitl's Historia de la nación chichimeca / Leisa A. Kauffmann
Published Albuquerque : University of New Mexico Press, [2019]
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Description 1 online resource (xiii, 282 pages)
Contents From Tlatoque to Caciques : Nahua-Christian rulership in deed and word -- Constructing the Nahua-Christian universal history : rulers, emplotment, and chronotope -- Nezahualcoyotl as Tezcatlipoca : Alva Ixtlilxochitl's colonial Mexican trickster tale -- Nezahualcoyotl as Christian prince : crisis, tribute, and the rhetoric of exemplarity -- Conclusion: Rulers, rhetors, tricksters, and the composition of history
Summary "In this book Leisa A. Kauffmann takes an interdisciplinary approach to understanding the writings of one of Mexico's early chroniclers, Fernando de Alva Ixtilxochitl, a bilingual seventeenth-century historian from Central Mexico. His writing, especially his portrayal of the great pre-Hispanic poet-king Nezahualcoyotl, influenced other canonical histories of Mexico and is still influential today. Many scholars who discuss Alva Ixtlilxochitl's writing focus on his personal and literary investment in the European classical tradition, but Kauffmann argues that his work needs to be read through the lens of Nahua cultural concepts and literary-historical precepts. She suggests that he is best understood in light of his ancestral ties to Tetzcoco's rulers and as a historian who worked within both Native and European traditions. By paying attention to his representation of rulership, Kauffmann demonstrates how the literary and symbolic worlds of the Nahua exist in allegorical but still discernible subtexts within the larger Spanish context of his writing"-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Description based on online resource; title from digital title page (viewed on May 23, 2019)
Subject Nezahualcóyotl, King of Texcoco, 1402-1472
Alva Ixtlilxóchitl, Fernando de, 1578-1650 -- Criticism and interpretation
Alva Ixtlilxóchitl, Fernando de, 1578-1650 -- Influence
Alva Ixtlilxóchitl, Fernando de, 1578-1650. Historia chichimeca
Nezahualcóyotl, King of Texcoco, 1402-1472.
Alva Ixtlilxóchitl, Fernando de, 1578-1650.
Historia chichimeca (Alva Ixtlilxóchitl, Fernando de)
Aztecs -- Kings and rulers -- Historiography
Chichimecs -- Historiography
Christianity and politics -- Mexico -- Historiography
Nahuas -- Historiography
HISTORY / Latin America / Mexico
Influence (Literary, artistic, etc.)
Kings and rulers -- Historiography.
Nahuas -- Historiography.
Mexico -- Kings and rulers -- Historiography
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2019000770
ISBN 0826360386 electronic book
9780826360380 electronic book
hardcover alkaline paper