Spanish and Portuguese ETDs

Publication Date

8-27-2009

Abstract

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.

Degree Name

Spanish & Portuguese (PhD)

Level of Degree

Doctoral

Department Name

Spanish and Portuguese

First Advisor

McKnight, Kathryn

First Committee Member (Chair)

Gauderman, Kimberly

Second Committee Member

Cardenas, Anthony

Third Committee Member

Lopez-Chavez, Celia

Sponsors

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.

Language

English

Keywords

Indians, Women, Andes, Colonial, Gender, Peru

Document Type

Dissertation

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