Don Fernando de Alva Ixtlilxochitl is one of the most controversial and provocative Mexican chroniclers from the colonial period. A descendant of the famous pre-Hispanic poet-king Nezahualcoyotl as well as Hernan Cortes's ally Cortes Ixtlilxochitl, he penned chronicles that rewrote pre-Hispanic and colonial history. Traditionally known as a Europeanized historian of Tetzcoco, he wrote prolifically, producing documents covering various aspects of pre- and post-conquest history, religion, and literature.
His seventeenth-century writings had a lasting effect on the understanding of Mexican culture and history from the colonial period to the present. But because Alva Ixtlilxochitl frequently used Tetzcocan oral traditions and pictorial codices of his ancestors' heroic achievements, scholars have long said that his writings exhibit a Texcocan bias that distorts representations and understandings of Prehispanic Mexican history and culture.
Fernando de Alva Ixtlilxochitl and His Legacy is a collection of essays providing deeper perspective on the life, work, and legacy of Alva Ixtlilxochitl. The contributors revise and broaden previous understandings of Alva Ixtlilxochitl's racial and cultural identity, including his method of transcribing pictorial texts, his treatment of gender, and his influence on Mexican nationalism. Chapter authors coming from the fields of anthropology, history, linguistics, and literature offer valuable new perspectives on the complexities of Alva Ixtlilxochitl's life and his contributions to the history and scholarship of Mexico.
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Galen Brokaw is an associate professor in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures at Montana State University, USA. He is author of A History of the Khipu.
Jongsoo Lee is an associate professor of Spanish at the University of North Texas, USA. He is the author of The Allure of Nezahualcoyotl: Pre-Hispanic Politics, Religion, and Nahua Poetics
"A series of well-researched, very well thought-out academic analyses from several disciplines about the work of the seventeenth-century Mexican historian Fernando de Alva Ixtlilxochitl of Texcoco." -Juan J. Daneri, East Carolina University "A timely contribution to an increasing interest in Latin American indigenous intellectualisms and literacies." -Kelly McDonough, The Learned Ones: Nahua Intellectuals in Postconquest Mexico
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