RLSP 231
Indigenous Writers of Colonial Mexico and Peru Fall 2022
Division I Writing Skills Difference, Power, and Equity

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This course examines the writings of 16th and 17th Century Indigenous authors of New Spain and colonial Peru. We will study the works of well-known Indigenous writers such as Hernando de Alvarado Tezozomoc, Fernando de Alva Ixtlilxochitl, El “Inca” Garcilaso de la Vega, and Guaman Poma de Ayala, as well as writings by lesser-known and anonymous Indigenous authors. Our focus on the historical contexts and formal aspects of their works will be supplemented and enhanced by a study of the critical methods of textual analysis that are particularly relevant to Indigenous texts, as facilitated by a set of selected critical readings. The course, in short, will aim to interrogate the idea of a “Spanish lettered city” (a colonial city dominated by Spanish men of letters) and will explore the possibilities of an “alter-native” lettered city, one in which Indigenous writing flourishes during times of crisis. Conducted in Spanish.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 19
Expected: 15
Class#: 1511
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: Each student will write four 4- to 5-page papers on which I will provide written feedback regarding grammar, style, and argument. Each student will also provide three 2-page critiques of their partner's papers as a form of feedback. After receiving my feedback and the feedback of their peers, each student will revise the first three papers and submit a final version. Excellent preparation and active, engaged participation in class discussions is required.
Prerequisites: RLSP 105, 107, 200, or 202, placement exam results, or permission of instructor.
Enrollment Preferences: Spanish majors and certificate students, current and potential; LATS concentrators
Distributions: Division I Writing Skills Difference, Power, and Equity
WS Notes: Each student will write four 4- to 5-page papers on which I will provide written feedback regarding grammar, style, and argument. Each student will also provide three 2-page critiques of their partner's papers as a form of feedback. After receiving my feedback and the feedback of their peers, each student will revise each of the papers and submit a final version.
DPE Notes: This course will introduce students to the rich and varied cultural production of colonial Mexico and Peru. It will highlight the often marginalized and neglected intellectual histories of Indigenous peoples and other minoritized sectors of colonial society. As such, students will acquire critical tools to examine and understand the rich and varied cultural production of Mexico and Peru during the Spanish colonial era.
Attributes: GBST Latin American Studies Electives
LATS Countries of Origin + Transnationalism Elect

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