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Kyle Garrity Professor Sharyn Nelson EN-101I Journal #6 Due 10/22/07 “I propose immediately to head back to several centuries to a text that has a few points in common with baseball cards and raises thoughts about what Tony Sarmiento, in his comments to the conference, called new visions of literacy. In 1908 a Peruvianist named Richard Pietchmann was exploring in the Danish Royal Archive in Copenhagen and came across a manuscript. It was dated in the city of Cuzco in Peru, in the year 1613, some forty years after the final fall of the Inca empire to the Spanish and signed with an unmistakably Andean indigenous name: Felipe Guaman Poma de Ayala. Written in a mixture of Quechua and ungrammatical, expressive Spanish, the manuscript was a letter addressed by an unkown but apparently literate Andean to King Philip III of Spain. What stunned Pietchmann was that the letter was twelve hundred pages long.
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Unformatted text preview: There were almost eight hundred pages of written text and four hundred of captioned line drawings.” I found this passage to be difficult solely because I had no idea what she was talking about. I couldn’t understand whom the people, places, and cultures were. I also saw no relation what so ever to the baseball cards story. It took me a couple times of reading this before I could read it without losing concentration from lack of interest. Because I had little or no background on these people and places, none of this meant anything to me. I did my best to handle and understand this passage by just rereading it over and over and also thinking back to high school history where I learned some things on the Inca empire. It would have been even more difficult if I didn’t have that little bit of background, in which case I could have researched online about the people and places....
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This essay was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course EN 101 taught by Professor Nelson during the Fall '07 term at Quinnipiac.

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