SPAN 622 Chronicles and Epics of Spanish Conquest

This course examines the ways in which the discovery and conquest of America were narrated, with special focus on the relationship between early modern historiography, legal traditions, and rhetorical standards and practices. Chronicles and epics of the Spanish colonial era are evaluated in relation to Renaissance humanism and philosophy, Spanish colonial language policy and linguistic theory, the status of the Americas and Native Americans in natural and moral history, and debates concerning the justice of imperial conquest and governance.

pre-rec: 400-level sequence; satisfies pre-twentieth-century requirement.