The course focuses on the visual, literary, and cartographic production of the pre-Hispanic world and Spanish American Colonial culture
and the re-imagination of the period in the last century. Some topics include: Inca and Mesoamerican maps, codices, and graffiti;
contrasting narratives of conquest; the earliest elaboration of global worlds; the debate on the nature of Amerindians and early notions of
Human Rights; imperial discourses; gender and race; and satire and humor. Authors include Pre-Hispanic poets and mapmakers,
Cristobal Colón, Hernán Cortés, Fernando de Ixtlilxóchitl, Bartolomé de las Casas, Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca, Inca Garcilaso de la
Vega, Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, Carlos Sigüenza y Góngora, and Juan de Valle Caviedes among others. Movies and contemporary texts
on the Colonial past will serve to the study of the modern reception of this cultural production.
Prerequisite: Spanish 301 or 302 or 305 or 309