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Author Earle, Rebecca

Title The body of the conquistador : food, race, and the colonial experience in Spanish America, 1492-1700 / Rebecca Earle

Publisher Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2012


 McDonald 3rd Floor  F1411 .E26 2012    AVAILABLE
Call # F1411 .E26 2012
Descript xi, 265 p. : ill. ; 24 cm
Note Includes bibliographical references (p. 220-254) and index
"This fascinating history explores the dynamic relationship between overseas colonisation and the bodily experience of eating. It reveals the importance of food to the colonial project in Spanish America and reconceptualises the role of European colonial expansion in shaping the emergence of ideas of race during the Age of Discovery. Rebecca Earle shows that anxieties about food were fundamental to Spanish understandings of the new environment they inhabited and their interactions with the native populations of the New World. Settlers wondered whether Europeans could eat New World food, whether Indians could eat European food and what would happen to each if they did. By taking seriously their ideas about food we gain a richer understanding of how settlers understood the physical experience of colonialism and of how they thought about one of the central features of the colonial project. The result is simultaneously a history of food, colonialism and race"-- Provided by publisher
Contents Introduction: Food and the colonial experience -- 1. Humoralism and the colonial body -- 2. Protecting the European body -- 3. Providential fertility -- 4. "Maize, which is their wheat" -- 5. "You will become like them if you eat their food" -- 6. Mutable bodies in Spain and the Indies -- Epilogue
Subject Latin America -- Colonization -- Social aspects
Spain -- Colonies -- America -- History
Spaniards -- Latin America -- Attitudes -- History
Latin America -- Race relations -- History
Imperialism -- Social aspects -- Latin America -- History
Human body -- Social aspects -- Latin America -- History
Food habits -- Latin America -- History
Food -- Latin America -- Psychological aspects -- History
Ingestion -- Latin America -- Psychological aspects -- History
Latin America -- Social conditions
HISTORY -- Renaissance. bisacsh
Colonies. fast (OCoLC)fst00868456
Colonization -- Social aspects. fast (OCoLC)fst01352477
Food habits. fast (OCoLC)fst00930807
Food -- Psychological aspects. fast (OCoLC)fst00930581
Human body -- Social aspects. fast (OCoLC)fst01730101
Imperialism -- Social aspects. fast (OCoLC)fst00968140
Ingestion -- Psychological aspects. fast (OCoLC)fst00973330
Race relations. fast (OCoLC)fst01086509
Social history. fast (OCoLC)fst01122498
Spaniards -- Attitudes. fast (OCoLC)fst01128155
Latin America. fast (OCoLC)fst01245945
Spain. fast (OCoLC)fst01204303
History. fast (OCoLC)fst01411628
Series Critical perspectives on empire
Critical perspectives on empire