RLSP 308 Fall 2012 The Subject of Empire: Race, Gender and Power in the Colonial Era (D)

This class studies Latin American literature of the colonial era (1492-1898) from the perspective of the constitution of the subject: the autobiographical 'yo' that is both the subject of discourse and the object of sovereign power. Our readings will include the most outstanding texts of the group collectively known as the Chronicles of the Conquest --the letters of Christopher Columbus and Hernan Cortes and Bernal Diaz del Castillo's True History of the Conquest of New Spain, among others--whose authors endeavor to establish their historical authority and legitimate their actions before the Spanish king. We will also read later works in which racially and sexually marginalized subjects struggle to contest the identities and the conditions imposed on them by a distant sovereign through far-reaching institutional networks: the mestizo historian known as El Inca Garcilaso de la Vega, the cross-dressed soldier Catalina de Erauso, the poet Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz, and the slave Juan Francisco Manzano.
This course fulfills the objectives of the Exploring Diversity Initiative by challenging students to examine the historical negotiation of individual and collective identities within the context of violent, exploitative and exclusionary structures of power. <./BR>
Class Format: lecture/discussion
Requirements/Evaluation: one short (7-page) paper, one longer (15-20 page) paper, proposal, bibliography, discussion-leading
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Prerequisites: RLSP 200, 204, LATS/RLSP 209 or permission of instructor
Enrollment Preference: majors in Spanish
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Divisional Attributes: Division I,Exploring Diversity
Other Attributes: INST Latin American Studies Electives
Enrollment Limit: 19
Expected Enrollment: 12
Class Number: 1849
RLSP308-01(F) LEC Race,Gendr&Powr in Colnial Era (D) Division 1: Languages and the ArtsExploring Diversity Initiative Jennifer L. French
MR 1:10 PM-2:25 PM Weston 031 1849
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