La Malinche/Malinali/Doña Marina/Malintzín | Newberry

La Malinche/Malinali/Doña Marina/Malintzín

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

9:30 am to 12:30 pm

Dr. Valentina Tikoff, DePaul University
Newberry Teachers' Consortium

That one woman is known by so many names is a first clue to the complex identity of the indigenous woman who served as a translator to Hernán Cortés during the Spanish conquest of what is now Mexico and Central America. She has been alternatively vilified and commended for the linguistic and intercultural skills that made her vital to negotiations between Mexica (Aztec) and Spanish leaders. While some have criticized her as a traitor to her indigenous community, others hail her as a shrewd survivor who used her unique position and skills to shape negotiations on behalf of the same indigenous community. In this seminar, we will discuss both the life and diverse legacies of this fascinating individual. We also will consider the various social and cultural uses of the image of La Malinche/Malinali/Doña Marina/Malintzín within the specific contexts from which they emerged, from her own lifetime in the sixteenth century to our own 21st-century world.

Cost and Registration Information 

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