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Genealogical fictions : limpieza de sangre, religion, and gender in colonial Mexico

Author: María Elena Martínez
Publisher: Stanford (Calif.) : Stanford University Press, 2008.
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Genealogical Fictions examines how the state, church, Inquisition, and other institutions in colonial Mexico used the Spanish notion of limpieza de sangre (purity of blood) over time and how the  Read more...


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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: María Elena Martínez
ISBN: 9780804756488 0804756481
OCLC Number: 495304655
Description: 1 vol. (xiv-407 p.) : ill. ; 24 cm
Contents: CONTENTS INTRODUCTION 000 Problem and Objectives Limpieza de Sangre, Race, and Colonialism in the Early Modern Period Archives, Sources, and Chapter Description PART ONE: IBERIAN PRECEDENTS CHAPTER 1 THE EMERGENCE OF THE SPANISH STATUTES OF LIMPIEZA DE SANGRE 000 Mass Conversions, Anti-Semitism, and the Rise of the Statutes in Late Medieval Spain, 000 Political Centralization, Christian Militancy, and the Founding of the Inquisition, 000 The Problem of Conversion During and After the Reign of the Catholic Kings, 000 CHAPTER 2 RACE, PURITY, AND GENDER IN SIXTEENTH--CENTURY SPAIN 000 The Spread of the Limpieza de Sangre Statutes, 000 Heresy, Blood, and the Essentialization of "Race", 000 The Inquisition's Production of Heresy and the Feminization of Impurity, 000 CHAPTER 3 JURIDICAL FICTIONS: THE CERTIFICATION OF PURITY AND CONSTRUCTION OF COMMUNAL MEMORY 000 The Holy Office's Procedures and the Probanza de Limpieza de Sangre, 000 The Probatory and Unstable Nature of Purity of Blood, 000 Teleological Fictions, 000 PART TWO: RELIGION, GENEALOGY, AND CASTE IN EARLY COLONIAL MEXICO CHAPTER 4 NOBILITY AND PURITY IN THE REPUBLICA DE INDIOS 000 The Rise of the Mexica in the Late Postclassic and the Colonial "Republic of Indians", 000 Spanish Colonialism and the Reconstitution of Pre-Hispanic Dynasties, 000 History, Genealogy, and the New Symbolics of Blood, 000 CHAPTER 5 NOBILITY AND PURITY IN THE REPUBLICA DE ESPA; OLES 000 Descent and Territoriality: The Probanza de Meritos y Servicios, 000 Bloodlines and Religion: The Probanza de Limpieza de Sangre, 000 Creoles and the Struggle for Religious and Public Offices, 000 CHAPTER 6 THE INITIAL STAGES AND SOCIORELIGIOUS ROOTS OF THE SISTEMA DE CASTAS 000 Categories and Archives: Books of Spaniards, Indians and Castas, 000 Caste, Slavery, and Colonial Mexico's Gendered Symbolics of Blood, 000 Raza, Casta, and Limpieza de Sangre: The Spanish Colonial Language of Race, 000 PART THREE: PURITY, RACE, AND CREOLISM IN SEVENTEENTH- AND EIGHTEENTH-CENTURY NEW SPAIN CHAPTER 7 THE PROBANZA DE LIMPIEZA DE SANGRE IN COLONIAL AND TRANSATLANTIC SPACE 000 The Mexican Inquisition and the Transatlantic Certification of Purity, 000 Nativeness, Communal Memory, and the Instability of Limpieza de Sangre, 000 Creole Nativeness, Purity, and History in the "Kingdom of New Spain", 000 CHAPTER 8 RELIGION, LAW, AND RACE: THE QUESTION OF PURITY IN SEVENTEENTH-CENTURY MEXICO 000 The Official Line: The Inquisition and the Crown on the Issue of Limpieza de Sangre, 000 Idolatry, Heresy, and the Ambiguities of the Colonial Discourse of Native Purity, 000 Blacks, Castas, and the Expansion of the Category of Impurity, 000 CHAPTER 9 CHANGING CONTOURS: LIMPIEZA DE SANGRE IN THE AGE OF REASON AND REFORM 000 An Iconography of Mestizaje: Casta Paintings and the Intersection of Race, Class, and Gender, 000 The Sistema de Castas in Flux and the Proliferation of Statutes and Stains, 000 Creole Fictions: Purity, the Virgin, and the Rise of a Catholic Mestizo Patria, 000 CONCLUSION 000 Appendix. Questionnaire used by the Spanish Inquisition to interrogate witnesses in purity of blood investigations (in Spanish) 000 Abbreviations 000 Glossary 000 Bibliography 000 Index 000
Responsibility: María Elena Martínez.


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