Cultural Worlds of the Jesuits in Colonial Latin America

Edited by Linda A. Newson
6 April 2020
229 × 152 × 21 mm
250 pp
Paperback: 978-1-908857-62-0
PDF: 978-1-908857-75-0
The Jesuits’ colonial legacy in Latin America is well-known. They pioneered an interest in indigenous languages and cultures, compiling dictionaries and writing some of the earliest ethnographies of the region. They also explored the region’s natural history and made significant contributions to the development of science and medicine. On their estates and in the missions they introduced new plants, livestock, and agricultural techniques, such as irrigation. In addition, they left a lasting legacy on the region’s architecture, art, and music.

The volume demonstrates the diversity of Jesuit contributions to Latin American culture. This volume is unique in considering not only the range of Jesuit activities but also the diversity of perspectives from which they may be approached. It includes papers from scholars of history, linguistics, religion, art, architecture, music, medicine and science.
A handsome volume and array of stars! The book will make an eternal mark on the field.
 -David Rock, Emeritus Professor of History (University of California, Santa Barbara)
Table of contents: 
Linda A. Newson
I Jesuit Art, architecture and material culture
1. The Jesuits and Chinese style in the arts of colonial Brazil (1719–79)
Gauvin Alexander Bailey
2. Two ‘ways of proceeding’: damage limitation in the mission to the Chiquitos
Kate Ford
3. The materiality of cultural encounters in the Treinta Pueblos de las Misiones
Clarissa Sanfelice Rahmeier
II Jesuit mission life
4. A patriarchal society in the Río de la Plata: adultery and the double standard at mission Jesús de Tavarangue, 1782
Barbara Ganson
5. Music in the Jesuit missions of the Upper Marañón  
Leonardo J. Waisman
6. Beyond linguistic description: territorialisation. Guaraní language in the missions of Paraguay (17th–19th centuries)
Capucine Boidin
III Jesuit approaches to evangelisation
7. Administration and native perceptions of baptism at the Jesuit peripheries of Spanish America (17th–18th centuries)
Oriol Ambrogio
8. “con intençión de haçerlos Christianos y con voluntad de instruirlos”. Spiritual education among American Indians in Anello Oliva’s Historia del Reino y Provincias del Perú
Virginia Ghelarducci
9. Jesuits, pirates and Indians: The transatlantic resonances of a Tupi Christian doctrine
Vivien Kogut Lessa de Sá and Caroline Egan
IV Jesuit agriculture, medicine and science
10. Jesuits and mules in colonial Latin America: innovators or managers?
William G. Clarence-Smith
11. Jesuit recipes, Jesuit receipts: The Society of Jesus and the introduction of exotic Materia Medica into Europe
Samir Boumediene
12. The Jesuits and the exact sciences in Argentina
Eduardo L. Ortiz