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Review: The Worlds of Junipero Serra: Historical Contexts and Cultural Representations edited by Steven W. Hackel

Review: The Worlds of Junipero Serra: Historical Contexts and Cultural Representations edited by... BOOK REVIEWS THE WORLDS OF JUNIPERO SERRA: Historical Contexts and Cultural Represen- tations. Edited by Steven W. Hackel (University of California Press, 2018, 312 pp. $70 hardcover). Reviewed by Rub´en G. Mendoza. In 2013, the Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens in San Marino, California, christened a major exhibition devoted to “Junıpero Serra and the Legacies of the California Missions.” The exhibition spanned August 17, 2013 through January 6, 2014. Although designed with a general audience in mind, the 250 objects assembled from historical collections in Spain, Mexico, and the United States nevertheless drew interna- tional acclaim. The Huntington gener- ated an unparalleled interest in revisiting both scholarly and popular narratives regarding Fray Jun´ıpero Serra, OFM (1713–1784), the Mallorcan founding Father of the California Missions. Serra’s legacy spawned yet another culture war borne of competing cultural and histori- cal claims. A number of books and schol- arly treatments devoted to the life of the “Apostle of California” soon followed, including those of Gregory Orfalea (2014), Steven Hackel (2014), and Rose Marie Beebe and Robert Senkewicz (2015). This convergence set the stage for the January 2015 pronouncement by Pope Francis of the Canonization of Fray Junıpero. While the Canonization http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Southern California Quarterly University of California Press

Review: The Worlds of Junipero Serra: Historical Contexts and Cultural Representations edited by Steven W. Hackel

Southern California Quarterly , Volume 101 (4): 4 – Nov 1, 2019

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University of California Press
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© 2019 by The Historical Society of Southern California
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0038-3929
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2162-8637
DOI
10.1525/scq.2019.101.4.464
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BOOK REVIEWS THE WORLDS OF JUNIPERO SERRA: Historical Contexts and Cultural Represen- tations. Edited by Steven W. Hackel (University of California Press, 2018, 312 pp. $70 hardcover). Reviewed by Rub´en G. Mendoza. In 2013, the Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens in San Marino, California, christened a major exhibition devoted to “Junıpero Serra and the Legacies of the California Missions.” The exhibition spanned August 17, 2013 through January 6, 2014. Although designed with a general audience in mind, the 250 objects assembled from historical collections in Spain, Mexico, and the United States nevertheless drew interna- tional acclaim. The Huntington gener- ated an unparalleled interest in revisiting both scholarly and popular narratives regarding Fray Jun´ıpero Serra, OFM (1713–1784), the Mallorcan founding Father of the California Missions. Serra’s legacy spawned yet another culture war borne of competing cultural and histori- cal claims. A number of books and schol- arly treatments devoted to the life of the “Apostle of California” soon followed, including those of Gregory Orfalea (2014), Steven Hackel (2014), and Rose Marie Beebe and Robert Senkewicz (2015). This convergence set the stage for the January 2015 pronouncement by Pope Francis of the Canonization of Fray Junıpero. While the Canonization

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Published: Nov 1, 2019

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