SPANISH 470 - Colonial Latin America
Section: 003 First Images of the Americas
Term: FA 2018
Subject: Spanish (SPANISH)
Department: LSA Romance Languages & Literatures
Waitlist Capacity:
With permission of department.
Enforced Prerequisites:
Nine credits chosen between SPANISH 279 and 399; or two RCLANG 324 and six credits chosen between SPANISH 279 and 399.
May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit(s). May be elected more than once in the same term.
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The objective of this course is to study some of the stages of the long process best defined as the intellectual (and/or ideological) creation of America by the European subject.

The course will focus on the culture specific ways in which European subjects confronted the new as well as on the ways they produced knowledge about the unknown. In order to do so, we will read the first text written by a European explorer, the Diary of Columbus (a paradigmatic narrative that served as a model for other texts), where the author gives an account of the new lands and their inhabitants. Next, we will read the letters Hernán Cortés sent to the king of Spain after during the process through which he conquered the Aztec empire. These texts will offer the students an idea of how a triumphal conqueror presented his feats to the rest of the world. The next author in the list is Alvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca, whose enterprise, unlike Cortés’s, was a complete failure due to a series of shipwrecks that ended with the explorers’ dreams. His narrative is the paradigm of the other side of the narratives of success and shows us how failed undertakings were presented by some of the early authors. We will also read a brief letter by Lope de Aguirre, a rebellious leader who declared himself independent from the King of Spain. The next author to be studied, Ulrico Schmidel, produced a little known narrative that shows yet another case of the other side of the Conquest: the failed, first foundation of Buenos Aires. Finally, we will read the report by Thomas Hariot on what was then known as Virginia—a different kind of text that shows American lands as a desirable place for capital investments.

This course counts as literature credit toward the Spanish minor.

SPANISH 470 - Colonial Latin America
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