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Spring 2012-2013
SPA 550   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

Seminar in Colonial Spanish American Literature - New World Historiography-Iberian Chroniclers in a Global Perspective

Serge M. Gruzinski

Writing History from the New World: How XVIth century History, a provincial set of knowledges elaborated in Western Europe and Northern Italy, became, once applied and adapted to the New World, a discipline able to interpret non Western pasts and societies? The course will compare standard Humanist Italian History (Bruni, Machiavel, Guicciardini), Portuguese History of Asia (Barros, Couto) and the new forms of history writing appearing in the New World during the XVIth century. Special attention will be given this semester to figures like Cortes and Motolinia who begun writing Mexican and American History.

Sample reading list:
Dipesh Chakrabarty, Provincializing Europe, Princeton, 2000
Hernan Cortés, Cartas y documentos, ed. México, Porrúa, 1963
Toribio de Benavente dit Motolinía, Memoriales o libro de las cosas de la Nueva España
Cervantes de Salazar, Mexico 1554. Tres diálogos latinos de F. Cervantes Salazar
John Bierhorst, Cantares mexicanos. Songs of the Aztecs,Stanford University
Serge Gruzinski, Las cuatro partes del Mundo, Mexico, Fondo Cultura Economica
See instructor for complete list

Other Requirements:
Not Open to Freshmen.

Other information:
Spanish and Portuguese required, Latin and Italian would help.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
41413 S01 01:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm T   East Pyne Building   339   Enrolled:9 Limit:20