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SPA 430 Narratives of European Exploration and Conquest in America (3 credits)

The study of narratives by 15th and 16th century explorers, conquerors and missionaries will open a path to an understanding of how America and Amerindians were perceived from European perspectives. We will explore imperialist and colonial discourses along with representational problems in recording exotic "otherness." Analysis of these narratives will consider the different genres of historical writing during the colonial period in Latin America—the diario, carta de relación, crónica, historia, etc.—while contemplating the ideological implications of each.

Prerequisite: SPA 310 . This course fulfills the Art/Lit requirement.