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This is the first serious study tracing La Malinche in texts from the conquest period to the present day. It is also the first study to delineate the transformation of this historical figure into a literary sign with multiple manifestations. Using a feminist perspective, she convincingly demonstrates how the literary depiction and presentation of La Malinche is tied to the political agenda of the moment. She also shows how the symbol of La Malinche has changed over time through the impact of sociopolitical events on the literary expression.

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La Malinche in Mexican Literature: From History to Myth by Sandra Messinger Cypess

La Malinche in Mexican Literature: From History to Myth. Selected pages Page Contents La Malinche as Palimpsest. Aztec Society before the Conquest. La Mexicaan on Stage.

La Malinche in Mexican Literature: From History to Myth

Revisions of the Cultural Metaphor. Reformation of the Tradition by Chicana Writers.


The Malinche Paradigm as Subtext. Popular passages Page 71 – When he repudiates La Malinche — the Mexican Eve, as she was represented by Jose Clemente Orozco in his mural in the National Preparatory School — the Mexican breaks his ties with the past, renounces his origins, and lives in isolation and solitude.

Page – Laughter has the remarkable power of making an object come up close, of drawing it into a zone of crude contact where one can finger it familiarly on all sides, turn it upside down, inside out, peer at it from above and below, break open its external shell, look into its center, doubt it, take it apart, dismember it, lay it bare and expose it, examine it freely and experiment with it.

Page – Laughter demolishes fear and piety before an object, before a world, making of it an object of familiar contact and thus clearing the ground for an absolutely free investigation of it.

Page 69 – The strange permanence of Cortes and La Malinche in the Mexican’s imagination and sensibilities reveals that they are something more than historical figures: Page 70 – There is nothing surprising about our cult of the young emperor — “the only hero at the summit of art,” an image of the sacrificed son — and there is also nothing surprising about msxican curse that weighs against La Malinche.

This explains the success of the contemptuous adjective malinchista literaturee put into circulation by the newspapers to denounce all those who have been corrupted by foreign influences. The malinchistas are those who want Mexico to open itself to the outside world: Page – Dona Marina’s participation in the conquest of Mexico was a manifestation of her faith in a godly force — the prophecies of Quetzalcoatl.


It is because of this faith that she sees the destruction historg the Aztec empire, the conquest of Mexico, and as such, the termination of her indigenous world as inevitable. Page – III. The Devil’s Daughter When she died, lightning struck in the north, and on the new stone altar the incense burned all night long. Her mystic pulsing silenced, the ancient idol shattered, her name devoured by the wind in one deep growl her name so like the salt depths of the sea — little remained.

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Only a half-germinated seed. Religion and Justice Daisy L. Machado Limited preview – A Reader in Latina Feminist Theology: La Malinche as Palimpsest.