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Rhetorical Conquests

Cortes, Gomara, and Renaissance Imperialism

Glen Carman

248 pages
Purdue University Press
This study examines Hernán Cortés, first as the author of Cartas de relación (1519-1526), and then as the protagonist of Francisco López de Gómara's Historia de la conquista de México (1552). It analyzes how these accounts represent his speech acts, including some of his key speeches; how they allow him to define the conquest in different ways to different audiences; and how they represent him as controlling the speech acts of others, most notably those of Moctezuma.
Author Bio
Glen Carman teaches language and literature at DePaul University. His current research focuses on the sixteenth-century debates over Spain's wars of conquest.