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Biculturalism, Border-Crossing, and Nonconformism in the Age of Conquest
FIST 235
Fall 2009 not offered
Crosslisting: LAST 238, SPAN 235, IBST 318

This course explores the diversity within Spanish (European, Christian) as well as Amerindian cultures at the time of the Conquest. Many Old and New World texts can be read as complex examinations of national, religious, ethnic, and personal identity understood as both destiny and choice and as an ongoing quest or adventure. Identity assumes many forms here: multiple and sometimes divided allegiances, border-crossing, passing and disguise, conformist and nonconformist assimilation. We will focus on four prominent themes: biological and cultural MESTIZAJE as ideal, as curse, and as amoral reality (the cases of Dona Marina/La Malinche/Malintzin; Gonzalo Guerrero, Nuñez Cabeza de Vaca, and the Inca Garcilaso); the discourse of barbarism and civilization, or what it means to be fully human (the debate between Las Casas and Sepulveda, Vitoria's launching of international law, and the ethnographic achievements of Sahagun and Acosta); the struggle over the soul of the Church: Is Christianity inherited or acquired? In particular, is it compatible with racist blood-purity statutes aimed at converted Jews and Muslims (the cases of Ignacio de Loyola, Fray Luis de León, Santa Teresa, and the moriscos)? And, finally, the unstable boundary between the masculine and the feminine: Is anatomy destiny (the cases of Santa Teresa, the novelist Maria de Zayas, and Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz)?

Essential Capabilities: None
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: HA RLAN
Course Format: DiscussionGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (LAST)

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