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From Patmos to the Barrio: Subverting Imperial Myths [Paperback]

By David A. Sanchez (Author)
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Sanchez's subject is the power of imperial myths - and the subversive power unleashed when resistance movements take over those myths for their own purposes. Moving from John of Patmos's inversion of Roman imperial mythology in Revelation 12 to the indigenous appropriation of Spanish symbolism and mythology, in seventeenth-century Mexico, Sanchez then explores the continuing power of the Virgin of Guadalupe (La Guadalupana) to inspire movements for a better society in our own day. From Patmos to the Barrio reveals new insights into the biblical Apocalypse of John, and the enduring power of its legacy down to the present day, and includes contemporary translations of two important 17th century documents concerning La Guadalupana: Luis Laso de la Vega's Huei tlamahuioltica and Miguel Sanchez's Imagen de la Virgen Maria. Also included are images of La Guadalupana in the murals of East Los Angeles.

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Sanchez's subject is the power of imperial myths - and the subversive power unleashed when resistance movements take over those myths for their own purposes. Moving from John of Patmos's inversion of Roman imperial mythology in Revelation 12 to the indigenous appropriation of Spanish symbolism and mythology, in seventeenth-century Mexico, Sanchez then explores the continuing power of the Virgin of Guadalupe (La Guadalupena) to inspire movements for a better society in our own day. From Patmos to the Barrio reveals new insights into the biblical Apocalypse of John, and the enduring power of its legacy down to the present day, as well as translations of two important 17th century documents concerning La Guadalupena: Luis Laso de la Vega's Huei tlamahuicoltica and Miguel Sanchez's Imagen de la Virgen Maria. Also included are images of La Guadalupena in the murals of East Los Angeles.

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Studio: Fortress Press
Pages   209
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.3" Width: 5.4" Height: 0.6"
Weight:   0.7 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Aug 1, 2008
Publisher   AUGSBURG FORTRESS PUB. #99
ISBN  0800662598  
ISBN13  9780800662592  


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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! David A. Sanchez is Assistant Professor of New Testament at Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, California.

David A. Sanchez has an academic affiliation as follows - Texas A & M University.

David A. Sanchez has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Fortress Commentary on the Bible


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Interesting but Less Filling  Oct 13, 2009
Alas, Mr. Sanchez's thesis rests on a thin reed at best. He contends with some conviction that the colonized appropriate the colonizer's foundation myths to undermine the colonizer's intentions of assimilation. But he also contends that such efforts of semi-adoption of these "imperial myths" disturbs the colonizer in some vague way, but not enough to be able to take repressive measures versus the appropriators. He offers the Apollo myth as the foundation of Revelation 12's pregnant woman, and from this to the the virgin Mary and her Mexican avatar, the Virgin of Guadalupe. This part I could accept as being an imaginative synthesis of various Middle Eastern myths, but then he leaps from this debatable point to the contention that the Guadalupe myth was all along a creole icon, rather than an indigenous Aztec one. Even sparcer is his assertion that this same Virgin was intentionally appropriated by the Chicano movement as a symbol of anti-gringo resistance. He impressively amasses sources but his summary of these sources left me feeling unsatisfied. Unfortunately, his concluding chapter is just a redundant compilation of his earlier thesis of colonized peoples' subliminal subversions. So I can recommedn this little book for a quickie read and it will get you thinking, but at the end you'll say, "Gimme more than a taste, Mr. Sanchez. Gimme the whole enchilada."
 
Fascinating and informative  Nov 12, 2008
This is a scholarly, thoroughly researched and articulated analysis of Our Lady, and how the image has symbolized several cultural transformations. Dr. Sanchez makes a compelling argument, within an enjoyable read.
 

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