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Inquisitive Objects: Material Culture and Conversos in Early Modern Ciudad Real

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Inquisitive Objects: Material Culture and Conversos in Early Modern Ciudad Real

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Title: Inquisitive Objects: Material Culture and Conversos in Early Modern Ciudad Real
Author: Weiss, Jessica
Subject(s): Inquisitive Objects, Material Culture, Conversos, Early Modern Period, Ciudad Real
Spanish Inquisition, Religious Ritual
Abstract: Between 1483 and 1526, one-hundred and twenty-four trials were conducted by the Spanish Inquisition against conversos in Ciudad Real. The notarial records from these trials contain a multitude of references to material culture, including sculpted artworks, candles, and effigies. This essay analyzes the references to materiality utilized in arraignments, witness testimonies, and verdicts, and then correlates them to broader constructions of cultural identity. These references reveal a pre-modern animistic world view in which objects both shape and are shaped by their participation as active agents in religious ritual.
Date: 2011-11-11
Series: LAII Research Paper Series;55
Description: The Latin American and Iberian Institute (LAII) at The University of New Mexico (UNM) is one of the nation's leading foreign language and area studies centers. More than 130 UNM faculty specializing in Latin American research and teaching are members of the Faculty Concilium on Latin America and Iberia and are the primary constituency of the LAII. The LAII's Research Paper Series and Occasional Paper Series provide refereed forums for the timely dissemination of research on Latin American topics. Authors also gain the benefits of comment and criticism from the larger research community if they intend to later submit their work to other publications.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1928/15586

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