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Colonial Latin American Literature (340-0-2)


Caroline Rose Egan

Meeting Info

Kresge Centennial Hall 2-440: Tues, Thurs 9:30AM - 10:50AM

Overview of class

This course focuses on colonial Latin America in the late 16th and early 17th century. Within this period, we will examine narrative and poetic works by Indigenous and European authors in which the nature and implications of the recent history of the "New World" (in particular, the arrival of the Spanish and Portuguese) is contested, rewritten, and reimagined. We will be especially interested in the different ways that these works engage with both local and transatlantic influences. Key terms and questions to be explored include polemics, prophecy, hybridity, plurality, extirpation, preservation, and translation. While the primary language of the class will be Spanish, sources will include texts originally written in multiple Indigenous and European languages (provided in translation in Spanish or English).

Registration Requirements

Prerequisite: 1 course from SPANISH 250-0, SPANISH 251-0, SPANISH 260-0, or SPANISH 261-0

Class Materials (Suggested)

Titu Cusi Yupanqui, History of How the Spaniards Arrived in Peru, ed. and trans. Catherine Julien (Indianapolis: Hackett, 2006). ISBN 10: 0872208281ISBN 13: 9780872208285

James Lockhart, We People Here: Nahuatl Accounts of The Conquest of Mexico (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1993). ISBN 10: 1592446817ISBN 13: 9781592446810

Class Attributes

Literature & Fine Arts Distro Area