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Resistance and Discourse: The Place of the Indigenous in Modern Latin America
SPAN 274
Fall 2017 not offered
Crosslisting: LAST 234

This course will examine how intellectuals and writers of the postcolonial period have made use of indigenous cultures as well as of the first European reflections on those cultures: the chronicles of discovery and conquest. Excerpts from Vision de los vencidos and from texts of Cristobal Colon, Bernal Diaz, Hernan Cortes, and Bartolome de Las Casas will be read in conjunction with 19th- and 20th-century essayists, novelists, short story writers, and poets. An important premise of this course is that the indigenous is not only a complex reality in Latin America, it is also an object of discourse, a kind of wild card in the intellectual's hand. The major question we will consider is: How have so-called pre-Columbian and contemporary indigenous cultures been brought forth in the highly polemical context of nation building in the 19th and 20th centuries?
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: HA RLAN
Course Format: LectureGrading Mode: Student Option
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: SPAN221
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (RMST)

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