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SPAN 6614 The Colonial Imagination: History and Identity in Spanish America (Fall: 3 )


Course Description

This course provides an overview of texts written from the colonial period to the nineteenth century and their connections to contemporary works. We will focus on the representation of historical actors (conquerors, captives, others) as well as geographical spaces (city, jungle, pampa) as imaginary regions where history and identity are forged. Readings will be drawn from a variety of genres (historiography, novel, short story, essay, poetry) and will include selections by authors such as Bernal Daz, Cabeza de Vaca, El Inca Garcilaso, Rodriguez Freile, Sarmiento, Palma, Gorriti, Paz, Borges, and Garro.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Sarah H. Beckjord

Prerequisites: Contextos or permission of instructor

Cross listed with:

Comments: Conducted in Spanish
Fulfills Latin American pre-1900 major requirement
Satisfies Cultural Diversity Requirement


Last Updated: 12-Jan-16