Journal title CHEIRON
Author/s Linda Curcio
Publishing Year 2022 Issue 2021/1 Language English
Pages 28 P. 90-117 File size 302 KB
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This essay examines the 17th-century Inquisition case of Martín Villavicencio Salazar aka Martín Garatuza, New Spain’s most famous rogue, celebrated in novels, films, and telenovelas. The essay situates Garatuza’s adventures within the unique cultural landscape of Mexico City that valued clever imposters and thieves, literary picaros on stage, magic use, certain masculine tropes, self-fashioning, and the local milieu. The essay then tracks the relationship between the ‘real’ Martín Garatuza and his self-presentation and details provided by witnesses in the Inquisition case and his reimagining in two literary works of the time period that lauded this cleverness and ability to persuade and solve any problem no matter how complicated, attributes highlighted in all subsequent re-imaginings.
Keywords: Mexico City; rogue; Martín Garatuza; Inquisition; cultural history.
Linda Curcio, A Rogue’s Tale: Martín Garatuza and the Cultural Landscape of the 17th-Century Mexico City in "CHEIRON" 1/2021, pp 90-117, DOI: 10.3280/CHE2021-001005