Transforming the Enemy in Spanish Culture: The Conquest through the Lens of Textual and Visual Multiplicity

by Lauren Beck


"Carefully researched and generously illustrated, Lauren Beck’s book offers a thorough study of primary sources, both textual and visual, on the cultural construction of the enemy in Spanish culture. ... The case of Spanish culture is particularly interesting because the Spaniards have been active in the creation of stereotypes of their enemies (e. g. the Islamization of Native Americans) and at the same time they have been the object of similar processes of cultural construction by other European nations." - Bulletin of Hispanic Studies

"An exhaustive study ... Exploring both textual and visual resources and both archival and mass-produced sources, and with a strong reliance on primary sources, Beck offers an examination both broad and deep. ... this work has been extensively researched... replete with several pages of bibliographical and explanatory endnotes and color and black-and-white plates depicting artwork, maps, charts, and other visuals in support of the study, and Beck accessed sources in languages as varied as Spanish, Portuguese, Latin, German, Dutch, Italian, English, and French. ... the book is presented in a very nice sturdy hardcover edition, something that is a bit of a rarity in today’s publishing climate. ... the appeal of this book should be as broad as its subject matter; it could easily find a home on the bookshelf of the specialist, the student or just the interested reader in Latin American history, European history, comparative cultural studies, religious studies, or art." - Hispania


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