Jacques Lafaye

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Professor Jacques Lafaye, (21 March 1930– ) is a French historian who, from the early 1960s has written influentially on cultural and religious Spanish and Latin American history. His most popular work is Quetzalcoatl and Guadalupe written in 1974 regarding the formation of the Mexican National Consciousness and includes a prologue of Octavio Paz and is regarded as a key stone for the understanding of the contemporary Mexican culture and is regarded as one of the most comprehensive analysis of the colonial period in Mexico.

Life[edit]

Jacques Lafaye has a long trajectory in Spanish and Latin American history. His book Quetzalcoatl and Guadalupe. The Formation of Mexican National Consciousness became an important reference for Mexican colonial history. First printed in París by Gallimard Publishers (1974), then in the United States by the Chicago University Press (1976) and in Mexico by Fondo de Cultura Económica (1977), has contributed to the understanding of the merging of the Spanish and Mexican Prehispanic cultures. Lafaye has also written on the history of culture in general, including the Greek humanist tradition, the predecessors of the print.

Career[edit]

  • Licence and Master of Spanish language and literature. (1951–53).
  • Professor agrégé des Lycées. (1954)
  • Midship of the French Navy, ORIC (1955–1957)
  • Student (Eleve titulaire) of Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes (IV y VI Section) (1954-55 y 1957-60)
  • Licence of ethnology, Institut d’ethnologie (Musée de l´homme, Paris, 1956–57)
  • Maitre-Assistant, Institut des Hautes Etudes de l’Amérique Latine des Universités de Paris. (1959–1968)
  • Maitre-Assistant, Sorbonne (Assistant of Prof. Robert Ricard, Director of the Institut hispanique) Paris (1960–1962)
  • Research Attache, CNRS, (1962–1964)
  • Maitre de Conférences, University of Strasbourg, and Director Institut d´español et de portugais, (1964–1968)
  • Docteur de III cycle, University of Paris X-Nanterre (1967)
  • Member of the Scientific Section of the Casa de Velázquez (Ecole franCaise des Hautes Etudes hispaniques) Madrid (1968–1971)
  • Docteur d´Etat, University of Sorbonne-nouvelle (Paris III) (1971)
  • Professor, University of Paris-Sorbonne (Paris IV) (1972–1990)
  • Maitre de Conférences associé, College Erasme (Université Catholique de Louvain), Belgium (1971–1985)
  • Chargé de cours, Ecole Normale supérieure (rue d’Ulm) (1971–72)
  • Charge de cours, Centre National de Téléenseignement agrégation (1972–1974)
  • Director of the Institut d’Etudes ibériques et latinoaméricaines, Sorbonne (1985 a 1988)
  • Director of the Centre Universitaire d’études catalanes, Sorbonne (1979–1989)
  • Professor and researcher at El Colegio de Jalisco, Guadalajara-Zapopan, México.
  • Member of the Sistema Nacional de Investigadores, México (SNI)(2000, to now)

Visiting Professor[edit]

Distinctions[edit]

  • Prix Lugné Poë, Paris, 1949.
  • Prix du duc de Loubat, Paris, 1974.
  • Prix Becucci, Louvain, 1976.
  • Prix de la Fondation Singer-Polignac, Paris, 1984.
  • Associate Member of Real Academia de la Historia, Madrid, 1980.
  • Associate Member of Real Academia Española, Madrid, 1981.
  • Member of the Publisher Committee of the Boletín de la Real Academia Española, Madrid, 2010.
  • Member of The Hispanic Society of America, New York, 1991.

Bibliography[edit]

By Jacques Lafaye
  • The Wonders of Spain, Londres: Thames and Hudson, (1962).(Paris: Arthaud, 1961;Milan:Mursia ed., 1962; Munich: Droemer Knaur, 1962)
  • Les conquistadores, Paris : Éditions Seuil, Collection Le temps qui court, (1964).
  • Konkwistadorzy, Warsaw: Omega, 1966.
  • Los conquistadores, Translated by Elsa Cecilia Frost, México: Siglo XXI editores, 1970.
  • Los conquistadores. Figuras y escrituras, México: Fondo de Cultura Económica, sección de historia, 1999.
  • Manuscrit Tovar. Origines et croyances des indiens du Mexique, Bilingual edition in French and Spanish. Paleography, introduction and interpretation by J. L., Graz, Austria: Collection UNESCO d´Oeuvres représentatives - Akademische Druck und Verlagsanstalt, (1972).
  • Quetzalcóatl et Guadalupe, La formation de la conscience nationale au Mexique (1531–1813), Prologue by Octavio Paz, Éditions Gallimard, Paris (1974).
  • Quetzalcoatl and Guadalupe. The Formation of Mexican National Consciousness, Translated by Benjamin Keen, Chicago University Press(1976).
  • Quetzalcóatl y Guadalupe. La formación de la conciencia nacional de México, 1531–1813, Translated by Ida Vitale and Fulgencio López Vidarte, México: Fondo de Cultura Económica, 1977.
  • Mesías, cruzadas, utopías. El judeo-cristianismo en las sociedades ibéricas, Translated (partial) by Juan José Utrilla, México: Fondo de Cultura Económica, sección de Obras de historia, (1984).
  • Sangrientas fiestas del Renacimiento. La era de Carlos V, Francisco I y Solimán el Magnífico, 1500–1557, México: Fondo de Cultura Económica, sección Breviarios, núm. 534, 1999.
  • Brasil y Francia, una intimidad secular, trad. Laura López Morales, México: Facultad de Filosofía y Letras-UNAM, (2001).
  • Albores de la imprenta. El libro en España y Portugal y sus posesiones de ultramar (siglos XV-XVI), México: Fondo de Cultura Económica, sección Obras de historia, (2002).
  • Por amor al Griego. La nación europea, señorío humanista. (Siglos XIV-XVII), Fondo de Cultura Económica, Mexico, (2005).
  • En el traspatio de la historia. Tomo I, Historia mexicana. Prólogo de Ernesto de la Torre Villar. Tomo II, Historia hispanoamericana. Tomo III, Historia española, Zapopan Jal. México: El Colegio de Jalisco, (2004, 2006, 2008).
  • Simbiosis. Arte y sociedad en México. Preface by Teresa del Conde, CONACULTA, Mexico, 2009.
  • De la historia bíblica a la historia crítica. Una lectura de la conciencia occidental. (555 págs.), to be issued.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Latin American Program "Reference". Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
  2. ^ Chevalier de la Légion d’honneur "Légion d'honneur". Légion d’honneur

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