Special Topics: Escrituras Indígenas


Special Topics in SPANISH (4th year Advanced) | Indigenous Writings of Latin America
Advanced topics courses reflect on a range of topics that help understanding the Hispanic world in its social, historical, and artistic context

Course Description
This course examines the history of Latin America from the perspectives of native authors/storytellers from Mexico and Peru. To provide an adequate context, we study first the development of Aztec and Inca societies prior to 1519 and 1531 respectively, and historical and political events after the Spanish conquest. Readings and discussions focus on indigenous narratives and contemporary film. This course is taught in Spanish.
Prerequisite: Latin America and Its Literature

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
Miguel León Portilla. Visión de los vencidos
Titu Cusi Yupanqui, Instrucción al Licenciado Lope García de Castro (or Relación de Titu Cusi Yupanqui, 1571)
La caza real del sol (dir. I. Lerner, 1969)
Apocalypto (dir. Mel Gibson, 2006)
A good Spanish-English/English-Spanish dictionary, for example Merriam Webster or Collins