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University of Iowa (Iowa City, IA 52242-1320)
Amber Brian (Project Director: January 2014 to present)

Rise of the Chichimeca: Translation of Don Fernando de Alva Ixtlilxochitl's History of Ancient Mexico

Preparation for publication of a translation of "Historia de la nacion chichimeca," a history of pre-Columbian and conquest-era Mexico by Don Fernando de Alva Ixtlilxochitl (ca. 1578-1650). (36 months)

Alva Ixtlilxochitl's "Historia de la nacion chichimeca" is a 150 page account of pre-Columbian and conquest-era Mexico, with special focus on his family's ancestral home of Tetzcoco. With the support of a NEH Scholarly Editions and Translations Grant, we propose an annotated English translation of the "Historia," based on the original manuscript, accompanied by scholarly apparatus including introductory essays and a glossary. For the first time in almost four centuries, our edition will finally bring Alva Ixtlilxochitl's famous history to an English-reading audience.

Project fields:
Latin American Literature; Spanish Language

Scholarly Editions and Translations

Research Programs

Total amounts:
$248,678 (approved)
$248,678 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2014 – 9/30/2017