Spanish and Portuguese | Topics in Colonial Spanish American Literature
S659 | 25074 | K. Myers

Professor Kathleen Myers

S659	Topics in Colonial Spanish American Literature
	Topic: Representations of the Conquest of Mexico

TR 2:30pm – 5:00pm/class# 25074/3cr./LI 851 (Room may be changed)

Section meets Second Eight Weeks ONLY

The Conquest of Mexico was one of the seminal events in the Spanish
domination of the New World.  Unlike the territories in the first
conquests (i.e., the West Indies, Panama, etc.), Mesoamerica was a
populous, well-organized system of indigenous groups–best symbolized
by the city of Tenochititlan.  Not surprisingly, there is an
extensive historiography of the Conquest of Mexico from both the
point of view of the conqueror and the conquered.  This course will
examine the diverse responses of the Spanish to this conquest by
first studying texts by conquerors, such as Hernan Cortes, and then
by utopian friars, such as Bernardino de Sahagun.  The second part
of the course will focus on indigenous representations of the
Conquest in the form of Nahuatl poetry and native codices.  In the
process of examining the same historical events through a variety of
Spanish and indigenous lenses, we will uncover issues about
literacy, genre, and representation, and their relationship to
establishing discursive authority in a new political system.  To aid
our exploration, we will draw on theoretical readings about the
nature of historical representation (White, Foucault, de Certeau),
colonialism (Bhabha, Said, Spivak), and subaltern discourse
(Mignolo, Carr, Beverley).