RT Book, Whole DB /z-wcorg/ DS http://worldcat.org ID 39982050 LA English T1 Public lives, private secrets : gender, honor, sexuality, and illegitimacy in colonial Spanish America A1 Twinam, Ann,, PB Stanford University Press PP Stanford, Calif. YR 1999 SN 0804731470 9780804731478 0804731489 9780804731485 AB "Throughout the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, illegitimate offspring of elite families in colonial Spanish America appealed to the Council and Camara of the Indies in Spain to purchase gracias al sacar legitimations. Their applications provided intimate testimony concerning their own lives, accounts of their parents' sexual relationships, and details regarding the impact of illegitimacy within their families and communities. Bourbon officials in Spain debated which petitions merited approval, and in the process forged policies concerning gender, sexuality, illegitimacy, and the family." "Colonial elites distinguished between a private circle of family, kin, and intimate friends and a public world where status (honor) was negotiated with outside peers. This bifurcation was distinct yet permeable; an individual might "pass" to negotiate a public status different from a private reality. Thus, an unwed mother might enjoy the public reputation that she was a virgin, the bastard son of a priest might be treated as legitimate, and a mulatto could be transformed into someone white."--Jacket.