Span 237_More_colonial_barbarism_syllabus Fall 2010

Span 237_More_colonial_barbarism_syllabus Fall 2010 - Span....

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Span. 237 Colonial Barbarism: Race, Nature and Place Prof. Anna More W 2-5 pm Rolfe 3127 “Barbarism,” the idea that indigenous peoples were inferior by nature, was one of the framing concepts of the Spanish conquest and colonization of the Americas. Yet the term was not applied indiscriminately, nor was it the only one attached to non-European cultures. This course will explore the development of the idea of barbarism in the first century of Spanish colonization (c. 1492-1609). We will look at the debates and historical contexts that shaped the concept in discourses of natural history, geography, and law. But we will also look at how these discursive structures provided a flexible language that allowed for inversions, reinterpretations and distinctions within the terms of Spanish sovereignty. The course will end by reading missionary, mestizo, and indigenous authors from the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries whose texts negotiated with these terms through concepts of mestizaje, nobility and history. Primary readings will include: Columbus,
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