Colonial Spanish American Literatures: Women’s Writings

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Colonial Spanish American Literatures | Colonial Women’s Writings in their Literary Context

Course Description
Study and textual analysis of the written discursive production, within its social, historical and cultural context, of women in Spanish America from the age of Discovery through the 18th-Century, and their literary relationships with Spanish Peninsular women writers. We work extensively on poetry, narrative and essay produced by women travelers (viajeras), nuns (monjas), novelists (novelistas) and poets (poetas) like Teresa de Cartagena, Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, Catalina de Erauso, María de Zayas, Ursula Suárez, among others. We pay attention to specific discourses used by women to talk/write about themselves and about other women to propose a textual frame for Hispanic women’s literary tradition.

Learning Goals
At the end of this class the students should be able to:
1. General knowledge of Latin America from the 16th-century European conquest to present day
2. Engage critically with literary texts within a specific historical context
3. Understanding the present in relation to the historical occurrences of the past
4. The ability to incorporate and explain learned material in relation to a specific topic

Required Materials
Teresa de Cartagena, Admiraçión operum Dey
Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, Obras completas
Octavio Paz, Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz o las trampas de la fe
Catalina de Erauso, Historia de la monja alférez
Ursula Suárez, Relación autobiográfica
María de San José, Autobiografía Espiritual
Madre María Josefa Castillo, Su vida
María de Zayas, Novelas amorosas y ejemplares
Yo, la peor de todas. (dir. M. L. Bamberg, 1990)