European Studies


Spanish-Portuguese Studies

Fall Quarter (F18)

Dept/Description Course No., Title  Instructor
Emphasis/Category: Spanish-Portuguese Studies, Encounters with the Non-European World

How did the Spanish imagine Aztecs and Incas? This course examines the role of sex, gender, and race in how Europeans conquered the Americas. In turn, we will investigate how the Aztecs in Mexico and the Incas in the Andes challenged conquest from the household to the market place and from the battlefield to the bedroom.

The sixteenth-century encounters between Europeans and indigenous peoples of the Americas were riddled with violence and miscommunication as well as negotiation and opportunity. In the first moments of early globalization, Iberians and native Americans defined and defied each other’s gender and racial expectations – to shape past and present identities of Latin Americans.

Throughout the quarter, we will analyze primary texts as well as scholarly books and articles to explore questions such as: How did indigenous women and men participate in the Spanish conquest and colonization of the Americas? Did Catholic evangelization completely silence native beliefs? How did competing ideas of masculinity inform the acts of conquest and resistance throughout Latin America? How did gendered hierarchies as well as new racial categories create the clashes of conquest? How did indigenous and Spanish people clash over definitions of sex and sexuality?

Evaluation will be based on two essays, one midterm exam, and class participation.
(Satisfies pre-1800 Requirement)
Days: TU TH  09:30-10:50 AM

Emphasis/Category: Spanish-Portuguese Studies

An introduction to Spanish America’s principal texts and literary movements, with particular emphasis placed on the 19th and 20th centuries. The course aims to encourage reflection on the historical and political implications of literature and its role in defining, or questioning, a Latin American cultural identity. Includes workshops on developing skills for literary and cultural analysis.
Days: MO WE  11:00-11:50 AM

Emphasis/Category: Spanish-Portuguese Studies

Ideological Diasporas in Contemporary Spanish and European Fiction and Film

The confrontation between opposed ideological paradigms has been a defining trait of Spanish intellectual history.  Its consequences at the political and social levels have been internal division, forced displacement, and often violence. That protracted confrontation reached a dramatic high point during the 1930's, but its ramifications in various forms reach up to the present in the political, social, and cultural areas.  The course analyzes the causes and characteristics of the ideological and cultural divide of modern Spanish history with an emphasis on the discussion and the critical interpretation of relevant major texts and films of the current Spanish and European repertoire.
Days: TU TH  02:00-03:20 PM