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Fall 2013-2014
* SPA 359 / LAS 359 (LA)   No Audit

Technologies of Empire - 1493 and Beyond

Marina S. Brownlee

Technology is the making, modification and knowledge of tools and systems of organization used for problem-solving. And the problem in the case of the Spanish empire is blood purity. In the extraordinary aftermath of 1492 the consequences of Spain's conquest of the New World and its Reconquest of Iberia will be studied in terms of the technologies of race and gender - including some surprising and unintended consequences - in several of the most intriguing authors writing in the Spanish language: from the myth and history of La Malinche to the writings of the Inca Garcilaso and Sor Juana, to Zayas, Cervantes and Calderón.

Sample reading list:
La Malinche - Historia y Mito
Inca Garcilaso, Comentarios reales
Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, La respuesta
Miguel de Cervantes, Zoraida; Ricote
María de Zayas, La esclava de su amante
Pedro Calderón de la Barca, El médico de su honra

Reading/Writing assignments:
80-100 pages of reading per week. Weekly quizzes, short papers, and a final paper of 10-12 pages.

Requirements/Grading:
Paper in lieu of Final - 30%
Papers - 40%
Oral Presentation(s) - 10%
Class/Precept Participation - 20%

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
A 200-level Spanish course.

Reserved Seats:
Freshmen Only 2
Sophomores Only 3
Juniors Only 5
Seniors Only 5

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
23346 C01 11:00 am - 12:20 pm M W        Enrolled:0 Limit:0 Canceled