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Interpretation of Iconography and Iconography of Interpretation: Uncovering La Malinche

Interpretation of Iconography and Iconography of Interpretation: Uncovering La Malinche

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Title: Interpretation of Iconography and Iconography of Interpretation: Uncovering La Malinche
Author: Jerkic, Adrijana
Abstract: In historiography, the interpreters or translators who accompanied the principal actors in historic events have scarce presence in written or visual accounts. La Malinche, an interpreter during the Spanish conquest of today's Mexico, is an exception to this. She is one of the most represented cultural icons in history. This thesis looks at La Malinche's representations in texts and images produced in the 16th century and from the 18th to 21st centuries. It puts those two semiotic modes in dialogue, exploring how they inform or contradict each other. To do so, I draw on Erwin Panofsky and María Calzada Pérez. La Malinche's representation during the 16th century reflects how she was used as a symbol in the dominant Spanish discourse during that time. Her representation from the 18th century onwards speaks to how she was resignified and what purpose she served in the emerging nation building process in Mexico.
Subject: Language
Art history
Latin American history
Keywords: La Malinche
Interpretation
History of Interpreting
Art History
Translation Studies
Critical Discourse Analysis
Type: Electronic Thesis or Dissertation
Rights: Author owns copyright, except where explicitly noted. Please contact the author directly with licensing requests.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10315/30067
Supervisor: Hebert, Lyse
Degree: MA - Master of Arts
Program: Translation Studies
Exam date: 2015-04-14
Publish on: 2015-08-28

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