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This volume explores one of the most fascinating and controversial figures from Mexico’s past. A woman who functioned successfully in three cultures, even her name has been a matter of differing opinions. The Spanish called her Marina; indigenous persons knew her as Malintzin. Most Mexicans now call her La Malinche, transferring contemporary concerns onto this historical icon. Some, following a nineteenth-century interpretation in an anonymous novel, Xicoténcatl (1826), and a more recent discussion by Nobel-prize-winning Octavio Paz, view her as a traitor to her people; the term malinchista is now used commonly in Mexico to mean traitor and/or someone who has been tainted by contact with the outside. Feminist scholars, on the other hand, have recently seen her as a strong and assertive woman and identified her as moving successfully between cultures, all of which were patriarchal in nature. Yet these analyses as well have been based largely on Malintzin as a symbol rather than as a historical figure. More recently, approaches to her have become more historical and scholarly, as investigators have tried to place her as a human being within a web of relationships in rapidly changing times. Townsend’s work is the most thorough of these recent attempts,
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This note was uploaded on 05/19/2011 for the course CHEM 51615 taught by Professor Fatima during the Spring '11 term at University of Texas at Austin.

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