Spanish & Portuguese | Spanish American Colonial Literature I
S571 | 4127 | Myers


Kathleen Myers
email: MYERSK
MW   2:30 pm - 3:45 pm     3 cr.    section # 4127

Ballantine Hall 337

Spanish American Colonial Literature, I will deal with the chronicles
produced during the first one hundred years of contact between Spain and
America.  The first part of the course will examine in some detail
sixteenth-century theories on the roles of language, history, and
literature.  It will also include some twentieth-century criticism on this
subject.  The second part of the course will focus on some of the founding
chronicles of the encounter, first from the point of view of the Spaniards,
then from the indigenous and MESTIZO points of view.  Particular attention
will be paid to the narrative form used by authors and their presentation
of America and the "other."  Chronicles include: Columbus, Cortés,
Oviedo, Las Casas, El Inca Garcilaso, Guaman Poma, among others.
Theoretical readings include: López Pinciano, Nebrija, Juan Vives,
Juan Valdés, Hayden White, Michel de Certeau, Michel Foucault, among
others.  Students, of course, will be expected to participate daily in
discussions about the readings.  Two papers and a presentation are also
required.