When Words Collide: Narratives of Conquest|
Spring 2019 not offered
|Certificates: International Relations, Middle Eastern Studies, Muslim Studies, International Relations|
|Course Cluster: African Studies, African Studies Minor|
On April 21, 1519, Hernán Cortés, 550 Spanish soldiers and sailors, and 16 horses (the first to tread on the American continent) dropped anchor near the island of San Juan de Ulúa, off the coast of Mexico. The chain of events that this arrival set into motion culminated in the conquest of Mexico and Spanish colonization of Latin America. But there are many sides to any story. Often, one is celebrated, retold, and written down--it becomes history. Intentionally or unintentionally, others are suppressed, obscured, or forgotten. In this course, we will use primary and secondary sources, including written and pictorial documents, to compare multiple sides of this particular story: Spaniards' accounts of conquests in Mexico and Guatemala and various indigenous narratives of these invasions.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CIR)
Cortés, LETTERS FROM MEXICO
Diaz del Castillo, THE DISCOVERY AND CONQUEST OF MEXICO
León-Portilla: THE BROKEN SPEARS: THE AZTEC ACCOUNT OF THE CONQUEST
Restall, SEVEN MYTHS OF THE SPANISH CONQUEST
Restall and Asselbergs, INVADING GUATEMALA
Restall, Sousa, and Terraciano, MESOAMERICAN VOICES (selections)
We will also study primary source materials (in translation), as well as selected book chapters and articles.
|Examination and Assignments: |
Assignments for this class include an in-class presentation, a short writing assignment, and a final research paper.