LACS 455 - Topics in Latin American Studies
Section: 001 Empires of the Atlantic World: Cultural Approaches
Term: FA 2008
Subject: Latin American and Caribbean Studies (LACS)
Department: LSA II: Latin American and Caribbean Studies
May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit(s).
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The Atlantic World as a construction began in the Middle Ages as a result of the effort to connect Europe and the East Indian worlds by sailing along the African coast. Men of the sea learned to master the ocean sufficiently to try to find a shorter route to the East, and in the process they came to know Africa differently, and then “discovered” a new world in the Americas. From the sixteenth century to the Age of Revolutions, this complex Atlantic World was economically and culturally domesticated, at a terrible price for the dominated populations of the non European countries. It also became the focus of complex and antagonistic representations of the contact between the Old and the New Worlds mediated through Africa. Books, pamphlets and images (e.g., engravings, paintings and maps) were the material sites of great symbolic battles between the empires fighting for domination of the Ocean. These bits of paper quickly circulated all over the earth, with each empire trying to impose its models and patterns of civilization. Through such texts and images, ideas about colonialism and slavery were vividly constructed and used. We will explore some of these powerful constructions between the age of the Discovery and the Age of the Revolutions, including the Colombus notebooks, conquistadores’ narratives of the battles for New Spain (like Díaz del Castillo and Oviedo) or critics of it (as Las Casas), travel notebooks of the first Catholic and Protestant visitors to Brazil (like Hans Staden, André Thevet and Jean de Léry), and eighteenth century constructors of a enlightened vision of the new worlds who never leave Europe such as the abbé Raynal, Diderot, and others

LACS 455 - Topics in Latin American Studies
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001 (SEM)
TuTh 11:30AM - 1:00PM
Note: Meets with History 478.001
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