Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Romance Studies
Jicoténcal is a fictional rewriting of the Spanish conquest from the indigenous point of view. Rather than ascribing to a Manichean characterization of the Spaniards and Tlascaltecas as wholly good or bad, an attitude of ambivalence is directed at both the natives and the European invaders. The characters in the work are met with anxiety as they try to negotiate their identities during a time of political uncertainty. Jicoténcal not only honestly struggles with the conceptions of nation building in the midst of colonial rule and the union of two disparate cultures, but it also reveals the personal and cultural anxieties present at the time of its composition.