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HIST2090
Module Reading List

Sin in Spanish America, 1571-1700, 2021/22, Semester 2
Danielle Terrazas Williams
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Richard Boyer, Lives of the Bigamists: Marriage, Family, and Community in Colonial Mexico, Introduction and Chapter 4    OCR REQUESTED BY LIBRARY (MH 22/02/2022) 

Kathryn Joy McKnight, “ ‘Blasphemy as Resistance: An African Slave Woman before the Inquisition,” in Women in the Inquisition: Spain and the New World, pp. 229-253    Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva 

Joan Cameron Bristol, “ ‘I Renounce God and His Saints’: Renouncing Authority at the Inquisition,” in Christians, Blasphemers, and Witches: Afro-Mexican Ritual Practice in the Seventeenth Century   OCR REQUESTED BY LIBRARY (MH 29/11/2021)  

Martha Few, Women Who Live Evil Lives: Gender, Religion, and the Politics of Power in Colonial Guatemala, Chapters 4 & 5  

Susan M. Socolow, “The Brides of Christ and other Religious Women,” The Women of Colonial Latin America, pp. 97-119  

Kathleen Myers, “Testimony for Canonization or Proof of Blasphemy?: The New Spanish Inquisition and the Hagiographic Biography of Catarina de San Juan,” Women in the Inquisition: Spain and the New World, pp. 270-296    OCR REQUESTED BY LIBRARY (MH 29/11/2021) 

“Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz’s Letter to Sor Filotea,” Colonial Latin America: A Documentary History, pp. 203-210  

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Supplemental Reading List

HIST 2090: Sin in Spanish America

Introductory and Orienting Texts

Records of the Spanish Inquisition, Archive.org in English: https://archive.org/details/cu31924029393992

The Mexican Inquisition and the Indians: Sources for the Ethnohistorian, The AmericasRichard E. Greenleaf

https://www.jstor.org/stable/981310

The Inquisition in New Spain, 1536–1820: A Documentary History John F. Chuchiak IV · 2012     

books.google.com › books - Available through library catalogue here 

Mary Giles, eds, Women in the Inquisition Spain and the New Worldhttps://www.google.com/books/edition/Women_in_the_Inquisition/qbMEXTpvIc4C?hl=en&gbpv=0    

Historiography of the Mexican Inquisition: Evolution of Interpretations and Methodologies

https://publishing.cdlib.org/ucpressebooks/view?docId=ft396nb1w0&chunk.id=d0e10083&toc.id=d0e10083&brand=ucpress

María Emma Mannarelli, Private Passions and Public Sins: Men and Women in Seventeenth-Century Lima, The American historical review

Nicole von Germeten, Violent Delights, Violent Ends: Sex, Race, and Honor in Colonial Cartagena de Indias

Week 1: Introduction and the Roots of the Inquisition

Overview of the Spanish Inquisition

https://www.newworldencyclopedia.org/entry/Spanish_Inquisition

Palace of the Inquisition:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/palace-of-the-inquisition-mexico

https://publishing.cdlib.org/ucpressebooks/view?docId=ft396nb1w0&chunk.id=d0e10083&toc.id=d0e10083&brand=ucpress

Week 2: The Inner Workings of the Holy Office

Primary Source: “Edicts of the Faith of the Inquisition in New Spain,” pp. 107-116 (Intro + Documents #6, #7, #8, #9) in The Inquisition in New Spain, 1536-1820 : a documentary history

Primary Source: “Inquisition Prisons and Life in the Cells,” pp. 122-127 (Intro + Documents #12 and #13) in The Inquisition in New Spain, 1536-1820 : a documentary history

Primary Source: “Administration of Torture in Inquisition Trials,” pp. 132-138 (Intro + Document #16) in The Inquisition in New Spain, 1536-1820 : a documentary history

Week 3: Alumbrados

Jacqueline Holler, “ ‘More Sins than the Queen of England’: Marina de San Miguel before the Mexican Inquisition,” in Women in the Inquisition: Spain and the New World, pp. 209-228

Jessica J. Fowler, “Process and Punishment: Alleged alumbrados before the Mexican Holy Office, 1593-1603,” Colonial Latin American review pp. 357-375

Primary Source: “Trials and Testimonios against Alumbrados (illuminati) and Others for Heretical Acts and False Revelations” pp. 274-284 (Intro + Document #42) in The Inquisition in New Spain, 1536-1820 : a documentary history

Week 4: Religious Minorities

Irene Silverblatt, “New Christians and New World Fears in Seventeenth-Century Peru,” Comparative Studies in Society and Historypp. 524-546

Renée Levine Melammed, “Judeo-conversas and Moriscas in Sixteenth-Century Spain: A Study of Parallels,” Jewish History, pp. 155-168

Margaret MacLeish Mott, “Leonor de Caceres and the Mexican Inquisition” Journal of the history of ideas

https://muse.jhu.edu/article/15104/pdf

Secret Mexican diary sheds light on Spanish Inquisition, By Natasha Pizzey,

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-40029453

Primary Source: “Inquisition Trial against Michael Morgan, Englishman and One of those who came with the Armada of John Hawkins,” pp. 138-144 (Document #17)  in The Inquisition in New Spain, 1536-1820 : a documentary history

Week 5: Bigamy

Richard Boyer, Lives of the Bigamists: Marriage, Family, and Community in Colonial Mexico, Introduction and Chapter 4

Top of page

Samantha Rose Rubino, MA thesis, UT Austin, Marriage, bigamy, and the Inquisition : power and gender relations in seventeenth-century New Spain

Primary Source: “Bigamy, Polygamy, and Crimes against the Sacrament of Matrimony,” pp. 218-219 (Intro) in The Inquisition in New Spain, 1536-1820 : a documentary history

Primary Source: “Unintentional” Bigamists? 1521, Beatriz González of Málaga married Juan González (outside source)  

Week 6: Slavery and the Office

Kathryn Joy McKnight, “ ‘Blasphemy as Resistance: An African Slave Woman before the Inquisition,” in Women in the Inquisition: Spain and the New World, pp. 229-253

Joan Cameron Bristol, “ ‘I Renounce God and His Saints’: Renouncing Authority at the Inquisition,” in Christians, Blasphemers, and Witches: Afro-Mexican Ritual Practice in the Seventeenth Century

Primary Source: “Blasphemy Trials,” pp. 205-206, 214-217 (Intro + Document #30)  in The Inquisition in New Spain, 1536-1820 : a documentary history

Week 8: Marginalized Women and “Witchcraft”

Martha Few, Women Who Live Evil Lives: Gender, Religion, and the Politics of Power in Colonial Guatemala, Chapter 4

Martha Few, Women Who Live Evil Lives: Gender, Religion, and the Politics of Power in Colonial Guatemala, Chapter 5

Laura Lewis, Hall of Mirrors: Power, Witchcraft, and Caste in Colonial Mexico
   

Primary Source: “Trials and Testimonies against Superstitions, Sorcery, and Magical Practices,” pp.292-293, 302-303 (Intro + Document #46) in The Inquisition in New Spain, 1536-1820 : a documentary history

Week 9: Heresy Among the Religious

Susan M. Socolow, “The Brides of Christ and other Religious Women,” The Women of Colonial Latin America, pp. 97-119

Kathleen Myers, “Testimony for Canonization or Proof of Blasphemy?: The New Spanish Inquisition and the Hagiographic Biography of Catarina de San Juan,” Women in the Inquisition: Spain and the New World, pp. 270-296

Primary Source: “Trials and Testimonios against Alumbrados (illuminati) and Others for Heretical Acts and False Revelations” pp. 274-275, 284-291 (Intro + Document #43)  in The Inquisition in New Spain, 1536-1820 : a documentary history

Primary Source: “Trials and Testimonies against Superstitions, Sorcery, and Magical Practices,” pp.292-293, 299-301 (Intro + Document #45) in The Inquisition in New Spain, 1536-1820 : a documentary history

Week 10: The Case of Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz

Danielle Terrazas Williams, “Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, Renaissance Nun”  

“Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz’s Letter to Sor Filotea,” Colonial Latin America: A Documentary History, pp. 203-210

Primary Sources: Sor Juana’s Poetry - sonnet #161, ballad #19, and redondilla #92  

This list was last updated on 07/05/2022