Spanish and Portuguese | Topics in Colonial Spanish American Literature
S659 | 28971 | K. Myers

Professor Kathleen Myers
email: myersk

S659	Topics in Colonial Spanish American Literature

M 1:25p – 3:55p/section# 28971/3 cr./LL 105

Topic: Colonial Studies: The State of the Field

Latin American Colonial Studies has undergone a complete
transformation since the Quincentennial of Columbus’ landfall in the
Americas (1492 – 1992).  Critics used to focus almost exclusively on
the literary talents of Spanish and criollo male authors,
with "mestizo" El Inca Garcilaso and nun Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz
given as extraordinary exceptions to the linear development of
Spanish American textual culture.  Today, the field—often referred
to as Colonial discourse--has broadened in every direction around
ideas of race, gender, and different forms of culture.  This topics
course will be developed around students’ interests with a special
focus on newer areas of analyses within colonial studies.  In
particular, we will study traditionally marginalized genres (such as
religious texts and indigenous codices) and voices (including women,
Afro-Hispanics, and indigenous and mestizo populations).   We will
begin by discussing a common set of readings (3 to 5 standard works)
in each of the following areas:  religious discourse (with a special
emphasis on women), indigenous cultures, and non-canonical secular
texts. Students will choose one area to specialize in during the
course of the semester.  They will select foundational primary
sources and secondary criticism, find materials in the archive, and
develop a working methodology.   Next, students will develop a paper
and annotated bibliography with primary, secondary, and theoretical
works that discuss the “state of the subfield” within colonial
studies they have chosen.   Working with others studying their
subfield, students will then conduct a seminar class on their area.