Master of Arts (MA)


Foreign Languages and Literatures

Document Type



Felipe Guaman Poma de Ayala finished his chronicle, El primer nueva corónica y buen gobierno, in 1615 for King Felipe III as a handbook for improving the Spanish colonial system, although it was not published until 1936 when it was rediscovered in Copenhagen. Despite the fact that the king did not publish it, the manuscript serves as an important part of colonial-period indigenous literature. In his chronicle, Felipe Guaman Poma de Ayala effectively creates an image of himself as an acculturated Andean who defends the civil authority of the king of Spain and the religious authority of the Catholic Church. However, deeper analysis reveals that this image of the chronicler is but one of many techniques which he used to disguise his true goals: the subversion of the total civil and religious power of the Spanish colonial administration and the creation of a semiautonomous Andean state. The author reveals these goals through his use of various literary and artistic techniques, including the nearly 400 drawings he incorporated into his chronicle and his manipulation of many of the most widespread arguments of the colonial period.



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Committee Chair

Fernandez, Christian P.