This dissertation combines historical and literary analysis to challenge a history of literary studies that reads colonial texts as reflecting a real historical domination of indigenous Andean women in a patriarchal society. Through a comparative examination of colonial chronicles and archival documents, I reconsider the portrayal of these women as having played the role of victims from the very beginning of colonial relations through the seventeenth century. Through these sources, I unveil these womens discursive agency that was expressed in archival documents, only to be suppressed in colonial chronicles and contemporary literary criticism.
Spanish & Portuguese (PhD)
Level of Degree
Spanish and Portuguese
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Latin American and Iberian Institute Ph.D. Fellowship, University of New Mexico. Elka Klein Travel Grant, University of Judaism. Research Travel Project, University of New Mexico. Tinker Foundation & Latin American and Iberian Institute, University of New Mexico Feminist Research Institute, University of New Mexico.
Indians, Women, Andes, Colonial, Gender, Peru
Guengerich, Sara. "Indigenous Andean Women in Colonial Textual Discourses." (2009). http://digitalrepository.unm.edu/span_etds/20