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Colonial and 19th-Century Spanish American Literature

Advanced survey of literary works from 16th- through 19th-century Spanish America, with emphasis on their rhetorical foundations and historical, political, and aesthetic connections

Prerequisites: SPAN 371 and 373; or permission of instructor

Instructor: Prof. Rosa Perelmuter

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, diaries, chronicles, histories, relaciones, poetry, prose) 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 Spanish America from Early Modern through Independence periods