Events in Modern Languages & Cultures
Dr Alejandro Cañeque: The pleasures of martyrdom: Text and context on the margins of the Spanish empire
Dr Alejandro Cañeque of History Department, Durham University [http://www.dur.ac.uk/history/staff/profiles/?id=4320] will be giving a paper [title to be announced] on 7 November 2007 as part of the Modern Languages Seminar Series.
This paper assesses the prevalence of a "culture of martyrdom" in the Spanish empire and explores the kind of role martyrdom played in the consolidation of Spanish colonialism, especially on the frontiers of the empire, in the contact (or friction) zones where Spanish civilization encountered other cultures. It also discusses the Spanish Crown’s attitude towards the phenomenon of martyrdom and the extent to which martyrdom may have been a tool in the hands of the religious orders to enhance their prestige, power, and private interests.
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