Chapter 9. The New Worlds and the Old: Transatlantic Politics of Conversion

  1. Paul Lauter president
  1. Susan Castillo1 and
  2. Ivy Schweitzer Professor Chair2

Published Online: 16 MAR 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444320626.ch9

A Companion to American Literature and Culture

A Companion to American Literature and Culture

How to Cite

Castillo, S. and Schweitzer, I. (2010) The New Worlds and the Old: Transatlantic Politics of Conversion, in A Companion to American Literature and Culture (ed P. Lauter), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444320626.ch9

Editor Information

  1. Trinity College (Hartford), UK

Author Information

  1. 1

    King's College London, UK

  2. 2

    Women's and Gender Studies Program at Dartmouth College, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 16 MAR 2010
  2. Published Print: 26 MAR 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780631208921

Online ISBN: 9781444320626

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Keywords:

  • The New Worlds and the Old - transatlantic politics of conversion;
  • examination of early American literature - in a transatlantic context through cultural politics of conversion;
  • Pope John revealing - Catholic Church's unchanged belief in inherent inferiority of Indian religions;
  • his image of the Virgin, appearing to the pious Diego, site sacred to Aztec fertility goddess, Tonantzin;
  • Diego's vision, a decade after Cortés's conquest of Mexico;
  • Mexican nun, Juana Inés de la Cruz - resisting strong-arm tactics of colonial Church in dramatic debate and dialogue;
  • story entitled, “The Constancy of Marie Oendraka in her Afflictions, and her Zeal in Allowing No Sin in her Family”;
  • European colonial endeavors - tied to consolidation of early modern national identities;
  • Eliot's Indian Dialogues stage, monolingual conversations between native missionaries to convert their unconverted brethren;
  • Occom refiguring the “broken and divided” Indian self as broken promises of Christian evangelism - revising dialogics of conversion

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • References and Further Reading