SPANISH 470 - Colonial Latin America
Fall 2019, Section 001 - First Images of the Americas
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: Spanish (SPANISH)
Department: LSA Romance Languages & Literatures
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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 A. Vespucci, the person after whom the Americas were named. After Vespucci, we will study the Letters of Cortés, the first Conquistador to give a description of an indigenous society organized around a state. Another text to be analyzed is Pigafetta's account of Magellan's voyage of circumnavigation. The last author to be studied, Thomas Harriot, gives us an early description of the territory and inhabitants of North America. Patricia Seed’s American Pentimento analyzes the different ways in which different European nations appropriated indigenous land and how our views of the Amerindians are still informed by those exploitative practices of yesteryear.

This course counts as literature credit toward the Spanish minor.


SPANISH 470 - Colonial Latin America
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001 (REC)
 In Person
TuTh 4:00PM - 5:30PM

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