Malintzin as Conquerer

“Yo Soy Malinche” by Mary Louise Pratt is an interesting analysis of Malinche as conqueror rather than conquered.  Had she been a man, there would be no ambiguity about her role in the Conquest.  As a man, her choices would have been unambiguous.  As a woman, however:

Debate continues as to how her collaboration should be understood: as the passion-driven acts of a woman in love; as the inevitable playing out of female subordination; as revenge on the society that devalued and objectified her; as political strategy linked to her own lust for power; as an archetypal manifestation of female treachery and woman’s inconstancy (Pratt 860).

I haven’t considered Malintzin from the perspective of Conqueror.  I identified with her simply as a woman.  Not as a victim or a conqueror or a traitor.

This intrigues me.  I’ll have to think about it and put it into perspective.

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