SPANISH 381 - Survey of Latin American Literature, I
Section: 001 New (World) Debates and the Ideology of Empire
Term: WN 2018
Subject: Spanish (SPANISH)
Department: LSA Romance Languages & Literatures
Requirements & Distribution:
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With permission of department.
Enforced Prerequisites:
SPANISH 275, 276, or SPANISH 277; or SPANISH 278 (or 290) or AMCULT 224 or LATINOAM 224; or RCLANG 324.
May not be repeated for credit.
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This course is an introduction to colonial Latin American studies. It is organized around a series of important debates that emerged with the so-called “discovery” of the so-called “New World.” Central to the ideology of the Spanish empire, these often overlapping debates involve the legitimacy of the conquest; the “nature” of the Americas and its inhabitants; the Christianization of the indigenous population; and the exploitation of American people and resources. They were “new” in that their participants, while drawing on older discursive traditions and authoritative sources, had to deploy them in ways that diverged fundamentally from prior usage. As a result, many scholars believe that these debates established many of the paradigms that continue to structure the modern world. While the organization of the course is thematic, we will follow the arguments and their implications chronologically over the course of the colonial period by reading texts produced in and about the Americas between the late fifteenth and the eighteenth centuries. In addition to canonical Spanish texts, readings will include indigenous voices that have been historically marginalized and excluded.

This course counts as literature credit toward the Spanish minor.

SPANISH 381 - Survey of Latin American Literature, I
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001 (REC)
MW 11:30AM - 1:00PM
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