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SPAN 9944 Historiography, Memory, and Autobiography in Colonial Spanish-American Texts (Fall: 3 )


Course Description

An in-depth examination of narrative technique in major chronicles of the Conquest of America. We will explore the ways in which these authors inscribe themselves as narrators as well as their writings in the context the historiographical tradition and humanist norms for historiography. Consideration will also be given to recent thinking on problems of writing history. Special attention will be given to the Historia verdadera by Bernal Daz and the Comentarios reales by Garcilaso Inca de la Vega. Theoretical readings by White, de Certeau, Rigney, Cohn, and Lejeune.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Sarah Beckjord

Prerequisites: None

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Comments: Conducted in Spanish.


Last Updated: 07-Dec-13