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Document Type:Latin Dissertation
Language of Document:English
Record Number:54856
Doc. No:TL24810
Call number:‭3321848‬
Main Entry:Mina Garcia Soormally
Title & Author:Idolatry and the construction of the Spanish EmpireMina Garcia Soormally
College:Duke University
Date:2007
Degree:Ph.D.
student score:2007
Page No:367
Abstract:My dissertation is entitled "Idolatry and the construction of the Spanish Empire". It is a study of the role that the shifting concept of idolatry played in the spiritual and territorial conquest of the Americas, in particular in colonial Mexico, as well as its relation to the subsequent construction of imperial power and hegemony. In my project I contrast readings of evangelization plays and chronicles from the Indies together with legislation and literature produced in Spain. It illuminates the theological and practical conquest of the New World, the creation of otherness, in an attempt to broaden our understanding of the politics of colonization as conditioned by the particular moment in European history (religious schism) and the previous experience with Judaism and Islam in Spain. I argue that the conquest of America was presented, in its first instances, as a virtual extension of the Reconquista that had taken place in Spain since 711 and during which Spaniards fought to build an empire based, among other things, on the discrimination against others in religious terms. In my opinion, the fight against the heathens (Moors and Jews) provided the experience and mindset to experiment and practice with the repression of the other, making of Spain a cultural laboratory that was transported across the Atlantic Ocean.
Subject:Social sciences; Colonial; Colonial Mexico; Evangelization drama; Idolatry; Mexico; Spanish Empire; Spanish history; Transatlantic; Latin American history; 0336:Latin American history
Added Entry:M. R. Greer
Added Entry:Duke University