In 1541, the Franciscan friar Motolinía sent to Spain an account of the Tlaxcalan people performing the religious drama The Conquest of Jerusalem in Tlaxcala, New Spain. Previous scholars have read his festival account to reflect only local political interests. I argue that it is a palimpsest, containing both the Tlaxcalans’ ambitious diplomatic strategy, expressed in their performance, and Motolinía’s efforts to steer Castile’s policies in the Americas and the greater Mediterranean.
The Sultan Hernán Cortés: The Double Staging of The Conquest of Jerusalem
Nicole T. Hughes is Assistant Professor of Brazilian and Mexican Literature and Culture in the Department of Iberian and Latin American Cultures at Stanford University. She is completing a book manuscript entitled Stages of History: New Spain, Brazil, and the Theater of the World in the Sixteenth Century.
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Nicole T. Hughes; The Sultan Hernán Cortés: The Double Staging of The Conquest of Jerusalem. Representations 21 October 2020; 152 (1): 55–84. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/rep.2020.152.3.55
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