Open Access Senior Thesis
Bachelor of Arts
Gender and Women's Studies
© 2013 Mariel Frechette
The primary objective of this work is to understand the importance of the indigenous, female body in early New Spain through the study of visual media from the first two centuries of colonization: specifically looking at illustrations from Book 10 (of 15) in the Florentine Codex and images of indigenous Christian wedding ceremonies such as the painted folding screen Indian Wedding and a Flying Pole (c.1690). I argue through visual, theoretical and historical analysis that regulating indigenous female sexuality was a critical component to in the creation of colonial New Spain and that imagery played an essential role in this regulatory process.
Frechette, Mariel, "Danger in Deviance: Colonial Imagery and the Power of Indigenous Female Sexuality in New Spain" (2013). Scripps Senior Theses. Paper 210.