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Colonial Adventures in Contemporary Latin America

In this seminar, focused on the rewriting of history, students will read letters and chronicles produced in the context of the conquest and colonization of America as well as contemporary narratives that rearticulate Latin America’s coloniality. Students will simultaneously read Cristóbal Colón’s Carta a Luis de Santángel, for instance, and Alejo Carpentier’s El arpa y la sombra, or Bernal Díaz del Castillo’s Historia verdadera and a short story on the conquest of Mexico by Carlos Fuentes. Taking into account various postulates on the rewriting of history and interdisciplinary theories on colonial desire and the anxiety of identification, students will have the opportunity to discuss historical memory, Latin America’s new historical novel, historiographic metafiction, historical amnesia, violent encounters between “the letter and the word,” and the formation of otherness. Student will discuss readings by such authors as Fray Bartolomé de las Casas, Alvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca, Felipe Guamán Poma de Ayala, Juan José Saer, Carmen Boullosa, Ignacio Solares, and Abel Posse, among others.

Previously Offered:

Spring 2018