Fall 2009 Course description: SPAN 5526

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Spanish 5526/Fall 2009Global Colonial Studies in the Hispanic World, 1492-1600

Thursday 2:30-5:00 pm. Professor: Raúl Marrero-Fente
FFI: rmarrero@umn.edu

Course Description: The course is devoted to the origins of Global Colonialism in the Hispanic World during the 16th-century, by focusing on the cultural production and practices in the regions. The course examines the role of colonial discourse as producer of the epistemic colonial difference, and explores the legacies of Spanish colonialism in the Americas, Africa, and Asia. The course will introduce students to this research field through the study of academic and specialized discourse pertaining to the humanities and the social sciences. The course provides training in analytical thinking and cultural critique of colonialism and imperialism, by bringing a global perspective to our curriculum. The course will focus on critical readings and discussion of cultural artifacts, maps, texts and documents of Africa, Asia, Latin America, and Spain. Studies will include material pertaining to the aural and visual production of the period, including Spanish accounts of the conquest, and indigenous accounts of resistance to the conquest. All readings are available as electronic texts.

Required Readings:

Cristóbal Colón, Diario del primer viaje

Bartolomé de Las Casas, Brevísima relación de la destrucción de las Indias

Hernán Cortés, Segunda carta de relación de la conquista de la Nueva España

Hernán Pérez de Oliva, Historia de la invención de las Indias

Visión de los Vencidos (Ed. Miguel León Portilla)

Guamán Poma de Ayala, Nueva coronica y buen gobierno

Alvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca, Naufragios

Isabel de Guevara, Carta a la princesa Juana

Diego de Torres. Relación del origen y suceso de los xarifes y del estado de los reinos de Marruecos, Fez y Tarudante.

Juan González de Mendoza. Historia del gran reino de la China.

Gabriel Quiroga de San Antonio y Rodrigo de Vivero. Relaciones de la Camboya y el Japón.

Antonio Pigafetta. Primer viaje alrededor del mundo

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