goSouthwestern Historical QuarterlyJuly Defying theInquisition in Colonial New Mexico: Miguel (Quintana's Life and Writings. Edited and translated by Francisco A. Lomeli and Clark A. Colahan. (Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 2006. Pp. 232. Foreword, acknowledgments, illustrations, notes, bibliography, index. ISBN 0826339573. $39.95, cloth.) Although defunct for nearly two centuries, die Spanish Inquisition has survived with vigor as a metaphor for intolerance, forced conformity, and attacks on individual conscience. Whether on film, in literature, or in die popular imagination, the Holy Office appears with regularity, often as a way to comment on efforts at thought control in modern times. Everyone, it seems, knows the Inquisition. Almost universally ignored, on die odier hand, are odier forms of Hispanic cultural output, especially those found in marginal areas of the Spanish Empire. Literary scholars Francisco Lomeli and Clark Colahan address bodi the well-known and the little- known in this slim volume that focuses on Miguel de Quintana, an obscure New Mexican poet who ran afoul of the Inquisition in die 1 730s for refusing to attend mass. Predictably, the Inquisition is portrayed as intent on making Quintana conform to the "embedded hegemonic values of the Spanish empire" (p. 2). Divided into
Southwestern Historical Quarterly – Texas State Historical Association
Published: Jul 6, 2007
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