The Resource Spanish chronicles of the Indies : sixteenth century, James C. Murray

Spanish chronicles of the Indies : sixteenth century, James C. Murray

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Spanish chronicles of the Indies : sixteenth century
Title
Spanish chronicles of the Indies
Title remainder
sixteenth century
Statement of responsibility
James C. Murray
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Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • That the departure of Columbus from Spain to the New World in 1492 was the agent of colossal change - both creative and destructive - in the Western hemisphere is self-evident. That it was also the literary agent to a host of writings chronicling that first voyage and the many Spanish explorations that followed over the next century is much less known
  • As a stream of explorers, men of arms, missionaries, and government functionaries made their way to the Indies, they recorded their experiences in letters, diaries, journals, and travelogues. Together these writings constitute a rich legacy of Spain's Golden Age, documenting through eyewitness accounts the adventures and tragedies incurred during the course of discovery, conquest, and colonization
  • . Once of interest only to a small circle of historians, the Spanish chronicles have since the 500th anniversary of Columbus's first voyage come into vogue. Of the studies now available in the field, James Murray's is unique in offering a survey of both the chronicles themselves and the extant scholarship. It provides students of Spanish and Spanish American literature and history with a clear and comprehensive introduction to an eclectic area of study
  • Murray focuses on the chronicles long accepted as the most significant. These include the writings of Columbus and of his son Ferdinand on the navigation, discovery, and exploration of the Indies; of Corte's on his conquest of Mexico; of Cabeza de Vaca on the exploration of Florida; of Oviedo on the voyage to and natural history of the Indies; of the Franciscan monk Motolinia on the origins and culture of Mexico's Indians
  • The content and tone of each chronicle depended to a large extent on the practical concerns of the chronicler: the need of the explorer to convince those backing the expedition of the riches offered by the New World, of the missionary to justify work with the Indians, of the government emissary to validate the drive to colonize
  • With few exceptions, Murray writes, "the chronicles presented the conquerors' perspective of events and contributed to the hegemony of European values throughout the colonial period."
  • In his review of the scholarship, Murray details the efforts to glean from the chronicles the impact of the conquest from the perspective of the "other"--Of the indigenous population and of women, both Indian and Spanish. Contemporary scholars are also breaking ground in recognizing the cultural and linguistic complexity of colonial discourse, assessing the aesthetic and literary qualities of the texts, and examining transcriptions of oral tales
  • The Spanish chronicles of the Indies of the sixteenth century have both literary and historical value, Murray concludes, and belong to both Spain and Spanish America. The influence of the accounts as narrative can be traced to such acclaimed writers as Pablo Neruda and Gabriel Garcia Marquez; their contribution to the Western world's understanding of its social, political, cultural, and economic history, already inestimable, has yet to be completely disclosed
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Murray, James C
Index
index present
LC call number
PQ6136
LC item number
.M87 1994
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
  • Twayne's world authors series
  • Spanish literature
Series volume
TWAS 847.
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Spanish prose literature
  • Historiography
  • Spanish prose literature
  • Spaans
  • Kroniekschrijvers
  • Proza
  • Ontdekkingsreizen
  • Reisebericht
  • Entdeckung
  • Chronistik
  • Geschichtsschreibung
  • Latin America
  • Latin America
  • Spanisch
  • Amerika
Label
Spanish chronicles of the Indies : sixteenth century, James C. Murray
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Ch. 1. The Literature on the Chronicles and Colonial Society: An Introduction -- Ch. 2. Discovery -- Ch. 3. Conquest -- Ch. 4. Exploration -- Ch. 5. General Chronicles -- Ch. 6. Ecclesiastical Chronicles -- Ch. 7. Summary and Conclusions
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
xvi, 188 pages
Isbn
9780805743067
Lccn
93029499
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)28584427
  • (OCoLC)ocm28584427
Label
Spanish chronicles of the Indies : sixteenth century, James C. Murray
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Ch. 1. The Literature on the Chronicles and Colonial Society: An Introduction -- Ch. 2. Discovery -- Ch. 3. Conquest -- Ch. 4. Exploration -- Ch. 5. General Chronicles -- Ch. 6. Ecclesiastical Chronicles -- Ch. 7. Summary and Conclusions
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
xvi, 188 pages
Isbn
9780805743067
Lccn
93029499
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)28584427
  • (OCoLC)ocm28584427

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