by Guillermo Castillo-Feliu

Paperback(1 ED)

View All Available Formats & Editions
Choose Expedited Shipping at checkout for guaranteed delivery by Monday, April 13


As Spain's New World colonies fought for their independence in the early nineteenth century, an anonymous author looked back on the earlier struggle of native Americans against the Spanish conquistadores and penned this novel, Xicoténcatl. Writing from a decidedly anti-Spanish perspective, the author describes the historical events that led to the march on Tenochtitlán and eventual conquest of the Aztec empire in 1519 by Hernán Cortés and his Indian allies, the Tlaxcalans.

Xicoténcatl stands out as a beautiful exposition of an idealized New World about to undergo the tremendous changes wrought by the Spanish Conquest. It was published in Philadelphia in 1826. In his introduction to this first English translation, Guillermo I. Castillo-Feliú discusses why the novel was published outside Latin America, its probable author, and his attitudes toward his Spanish and Indian characters, his debt to Spanish literature and culture, and the parallels that he draws between past and present struggles against Spanish domination in the Americas.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780292712140
Publisher: University of Texas Press
Publication date: 01/01/1999
Series: Texas Pan American Series
Edition description: 1 ED
Pages: 168
Sales rank: 656,769
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.39(d)

About the Author

Guillermo I. Castillo-Feliú is Professor of Spanish and Chair of the Department of Modern Languages at Winthrop University in South Carolina.

Table of Contents

Translator's Note
Book One
Book Two
Book Three
Book Four
Book Five
Book Six

What People are Saying About This

Nancy Vogeley

This translation of Xicoténcatl makes available to English-speaking readers a key text in the nineteenth-century history of Spanish American literature.... I am delighted that someone has seen fit to rescue this marvelous story of good and evil, with its [still] pertinent discussion of political and personal morality.
-- Nancy Vogeley, Professor of Spanish, University of San Francisco

Customer Reviews