malitzz - La Malinche, or the fucked one of Mexican myth is...

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“La Malinche,” or “the fucked one” of Mexican myth is a contested figure—a figure that in 1982 still had the symbolic power to inspire student protests. Townsend explains, “As [the protestors] understood the situation, they were standing up for their nation’s sovereignty and speaking up for the downtrodden Indians” (4). La Malinche of the statue was a legend, a shadow, a tragedy, a traitor. But Camilla Townsend’s Malintzin is a human being. Townsend weaves a tapestry of possibilities that humanize the legend. The real Malintzin, it seems, was above all a survivor, a woman who made pragmatic choices in awful situations. Townsend’s book Malintzin’s Choices does not claim to be a biography of Malintzin. Instead, it looks at her world as Malintzin might have seen it, and explores her choices in the context of the range of options that would have been available to her. Malintzin’s Choices brings historians one step closer to understanding the Spanish Conquest, and especially to understanding the range of choices that would have been available to indigenous women in that historical situation. Throughout the book, Townsend looks at the grim realities of
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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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