Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Development of "Mexica", a historical fiction screenplay about the conquest of Mexico
by Ratzer, Jane Alexander, M.A., University of Colorado at Denver, 2015, 69; 1588206
Abstract (Summary)

The primary objectives of this thesis are to research the Conquest of Mexico and to integrate research to expand upon Mexica, a 125 page historical fiction screenplay that was started in 2008 about the 16th century invasion of Mexico by Hernán Cortés. Through quantifying and writing commentary on the revisions to reflect the integration of new research, the enhanced work is accompanied by a critical introduction essay that simultaneously serves as a literature review to determine how sources contributed to the dramatization. The critical introduction is in Spanish, the research was conducted in Spanish and English, and Mexica is in English, to better reach the target, mainstream American audience. The essay addresses schools of thought and theoretical frameworks on the conquest and how they have been accepted, rejected, dramatized and/or incorporated in the screenplay. By analyzing chronicles, literature, film and television relevant to the conquest, narrating experiences and creative license are demonstrated. The essay exhibits a historiographical review by examining myths, misconceptions and consensus on several themes relevant to this era of initial contact in the New World. The critical introduction of Mexica explains how the enhanced script better integrates the indigenous perspective through analysis of a variety of sources, with a non Euro-centric emphasis, to reflect compelling and multidimensional characters in the historical fiction genre.

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Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Abeyta, Michael
Commitee: Crewe, Ryan, Lema-Hincapie, Andres, Volk, Craig
School: University of Colorado at Denver
Department: Spanish
School Location: United States -- Colorado
Source: MAI 54/04M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Latin American history, Latin American Studies, Film studies
Keywords: Aztecs, Conquest of Mexico, Cortes, Hernan, La Malinche, Montezuma, Original writing, Screenplay
Publication Number: 1588206
ISBN: 9781321731866
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