Alexandra Cook - The Mandinga Experience: Illusion and Proof in the Inquisition Case of Patrício de Andrade, Lisbon 1690
Alexandra Cook is Assistant Professor in the School of Modern Languages and Cultures (Hispanic Studies) at the University of Durham. She received her PhD in Latin American and Iberian Cultures and Comparative Literature from Columbia University in 2022. Her research focuses on the early modern Iberian Atlantic and precolonial west Africa. In her work, she examines the refashioning of late-medieval Iberian notions of magic, artifice, and fraud in early modern literature, art, and jurisprudence in response to new circulations of artefacts, ideas, and persons prompted by imperial expansion into West Africa and the so-called New World.