HIST 121 Aztecs, Incas, and Mayas: From Indigenous Empires to Conquered Peoples (4)
Examines the development of indigenous civilizations in Mesoamerica and the Andes from 1200, paying particular attention to the rise of the Aztec and Inca Empires. Investigates the Spanish conquest of the Americas in the 1500s and its consequences, focusing on how indigenous peoples and European settlers through conflict and cooperation created new, hybrid societies and cultures in the colonial New World.
HIST 321 Colonial Mexico (4)
Begins with the Spanish conquest and ends with Independence from Spain in 1821. Includes the consequences of the conquest for Native Americans, the formation of new hybrid societies and cultures in a racially diverse world, gender relations, religion and the church, and 18th-century efforts to reform Mexican society according to Enlightenment ideals.
HISP 336 Latin American Culture (4)
This course examines the political, social, cultural and historical development of the Spanish-speaking Americas. In geographic terms, the course includes countries of North, Central and South America as well as the Caribbean. Historically, the course covers the period prior to the Conquest, the Colonial era, the emergence of national identities, and current cultural trends, issues and conflicts. The primary texts of the course-whether these are literary, visual, performative, or ideological in character-will be approached in an interdisciplinary fashion that combines sociohistorical, political and literary critical perspectives.
Prerequisite: 312 or 316. Offered in Fall.
HISP 340 Latin America: Conquest and Colonization (4)
This course examines the origins of regional literature in the period of the Spanish Conquest and colonization of the indigenous peoples of the Americas. Representative literary texts-encompassing genres such as essay, chronicle and biography among others-will serve as the basis for a study of the historical development of regional literary traditions out of the cultural conflicts and transformations of the colonial period. Prerequisite: 312 or 316.
LLAS 270: Reading Circle