* SPA 344 / LAS 344 (LA)
Literature and Society in Early Latin America
For a long time, Early Latin American History has been studied from colonial, national or Eurocentric points of view. This course will introduce the students to other insights, connected to contemporary debates and questions. We shall travel through the societies and cultures covered by the Iberian empires in order to define the modalities of Iberian Globalization. Special importance will be given to the processes of mestizaje as a crucial to this globalization. We will analyze the historical links between America, Islam, China and Christian Europe in order to open up the study of the New World to its real global context.
Sample reading list:
José de Acosta, The Natural and Moral History of the Indies
John Bierhorst ed., Cantares mexicanos. Songs of the Aztecs
Thomas D. Goodrich, The Ottoman Turks and the New World
Serge Gruzinski, The Mestizo Mind
Serge Gruzinski, Images at War
Rebecca Catz, transl., The travels of Fernão Mendes Pinto
See instructor for complete list
Approximately 60 pages of reading per week; 2-3 page commentary on the pages read for each class; mid-term paper (10 pages); final paper (15 pages) on topics related to the class.
Paper in Lieu of Mid Term - 25%
Paper in lieu of Final - 40%
Oral Presentation(s) - 20%
Class/Precept Participation - 15%
Prerequisites and Restrictions:
A 200-level Spanish course or instructor's permission..
Taught in Spanish.
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