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Michael Schuessler
Barnard College (New York, NY 10027-6909)
Towards a Literature of Foundations: Mural Painting and Missionary Theatre in New Spain

This project examines factors that shaped artistic and literary expression in colonial Mexico. My book, tentatively entitled A Literature of Foundations: Mural Painting and Missionary Theater in Sixteenth-Century Mexico, is a study of the complex relationships between verbal texts and visual contexts that emerged during the first century after the Spanish Conquest. In this period, the relationship between literacy and legibility--indeed their very definition--take on fundamental cultural significance, and the collision of the ideographical tradition of the Nahuas with the alphabetical system of the Europeans led to a fascinating array of entirely new modes of expression.

Project fields:
Latin American Literature

Summer Stipends

Research Programs

$5,000 (approved)
$5,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2003 – 7/31/2003