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Monday, October 30, 2017 at 4:30pm
The presentation investigates the role of the indigenous mother in Inca Garcilaso’s Comentarios reales (1609, 1617) and in mestizo petitionary writing in 1580s colonial Peru. I argue that the native mother is fashioned as a critical source of legitimacy, authority, and identity in Garcilaso’s work of historiography and in the collective appeals Peruvian mestizo made in Lima and in Cuzco. In their petitions mestizos sought to counter and reverse the exclusionary legislation which targeted them, by reformulating their identity and place in the viceroyalty’s social order. In that regard, the petitionary record serves as noteworthy precursor to the Spanish-Native writing subject Garcilaso promotes and legitimates in the Comentarios reales. To appreciate and understand the significance of the native mother in the corpus in question, the paper focuses on three interrelated topics: language, genealogy, and archive.