Between Worlds: Change and Continuity in Early Latin America|
Spring 2021 not offered
HIST 356, LAST 229|
The conquest and colonization of the Americas challenged long-held assumptions about geography, time, history, nature, theology, and humanity for both indigenous societies and Europeans. Modern scholars have described the encounter either as an earth-shattering moment of revolutionary intellectual reverberations or, alternatively, as one of limited and slower impact.
This course examines the ways in which diverse actors in the Iberian colonial world confronted change and continuity in their societies. In particular, it seeks to understand how they approached the conquest and its environmental, political, religious, legal, and social repercussions. Through the study of chronicles, graphic materials, poetry, omens, grammars, and maps, we will look at how missionaries, indigenous scholars, scientists, and nuns interpreted the forces transforming their communities. We will pay particular attention to the traditions and practices that they mobilized to explain the past and convey its present and future significance. Major themes include religious conversion and its consequences, the emergence of new social and ethnic identities under colonial institutions, linguistic change, and the writing of history.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (HIST-MN)(HIST)(LAST)
Galen Brokaw and Jongsoo Lee (eds.), FERNANDO DE ALVA IXTLILXOCHITIL AND HIS LEGACY
Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, PROTESTS, POEMS AND A DREAM: SELECTED WRITINGS
Jorge Cañizares Esguerra, HOW TO WRITE THE HISTORY OF THE NEW WORLD
Diego Durán, THE HISTORY OF THE INDIES OF NEW SPAIN
John H. Elliott, THE OLD WORLD AND THE NEW 1492-1650
María Elena Martinez, GENEALOGICAL FICTIONS: LIMPIEZA DE SANGRE, RELIGION, AND GENDER IN COLONIAL MEXICO
Anthony Grafton, NEW WORLDS, ANCIENT TEXTS: THE POWER OF TRADITION AND THE SHOCK OF DISCOVERY
Kahtryn Joy McNight and Leo J. Garofalo, AFRO-LATINO VOICES: NARRATIVES FROM THE EARLY MODERN IBERO-ATLANTIC WORLD, 1550-1812
Sabine McCormack, RELIGION IN THE ANDES: VISIONS AND IMAGINATION IN EARLY COLONIAL PERU
Jeremy Mumford: VERTICAL EMPIRE: THE GENERAL RESETTLEMENT OF INDIANS IN THE COLONIAL ANDES
William Taylor, DRINKING, HOMICIDE, AND REBELLION IN COLONIAL MEXICAN VILLAGES
Camilla Townsend, FIFTH SUN: A NEW HISTORY OF THE AZTECS
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Three one-page response papers will be due throughout the course of the semester. Assignments will consist of two short papers (4-5 pages), a final paper (10-12 pages) on a topic of the student's choosing, and a presentation based on the final paper.
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