Encountering Difference: Experience and Imagination in Spanish American Colonial through Romantic Literature (1492-1872).
An overview of the literary and cultural production of writers experiencing the New World during the first centuries after the Encounter. We will consider a variety of genres (letters, chronicles, histories, relaciones, poetry) and discuss topics that might include: The New World as Paradise; Wilderness and the Indigenous Domains; Interrogating the Other; Portraying Resistance: Warriors, Defectors, Heretics; From Conquest to Colonization and Beyond: When mestizos and criollos Speak; The Construction of Gender in Early Modern through Independence Latin America.
Course is open to undergraduates who have taken one of the 370s (or permission of instructor) and graduate students. Class will be conducted in Spanish.
Fall 2015, Spring 2017, Fall 2019