SPAN-261 Survey of Spanish American Literature I
This class will focus on the discursive origins of Latin American
culture through the exploration of the so-called discovery, conquest
and colonial periods of the region. The course will concentrate on how
the writings of both Spanish and indigenous authors were central in
shaping colonial and post-colonial societies. We will also examine the
existence of non-alphabetic writings and other strong indigenous
traditions that demonstrate the complexity of the Latin American
colonial society. Authors to be studied include Christopher Columbus,
Hernán Cortés, Alvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca, Bartolomé de las Casas,
Guaman Poma de Ayala, Inca Garcilaso de la Vega, Sor Juana Inés de la
Cruz, and others. The course will consist of careful readings of
important primary texts and classroom time will focus on the analysis
and discussion of these texts. Equally important as the study of these
primary texts, we will also draw parallels between the history Latin
America and the present, focusing on how these important writings and
indigenous traditions continue to shape Latin American culture and
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: SPAN-200
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