Cultural Encounter and Conquest in Latin America: History, Fiction, Film, and Theory

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: Literary Studies

Liberal Arts
Undergraduate Course
Degree Students
Cultural Encounter & Conquest
Spring 2023
Taught By: Juan Decastro
Section: A

CRN: 13422

Credits: 4

The arrival of Europeans in the Americas (appropriately described as invasion and conquest) is one of the founding moments of modernity: the first time two completely unrelated cultural worlds met. A range of social and economic injustices, including racism and international economic inequality, as well as the noblest utopian aspirations, can all be traced to this foundational (mis)encounter between (Native) Americans and Europeans. We read texts by indigenous authors, as well as conquistadors; historical and theoretical overviews; and film and fiction. Authors may include Hernán Cortés, Guamán Poma de Ayala, the Inca Garcilaso de la Vega,Pablo Neruda,Terrence Malick, and Lauren Binet.

Permission of the instructor will be required to register for this course after the first week of the semester

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: Literary Studies (LLST)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: February 5, 2023 (Sunday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 16, 2023 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every few minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 11:00pm EDT 9/28/2023

Meeting Info:
Days: Monday, Wednesday
Times: 12:00pm - 1:40pm
Building: Johnson/Kaplan 66 West 12th
Room: 617
Date Range: 1/23/2023 - 5/15/2023