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Jill Robbins, Chair 150 W 21st Street, Stop B3700, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-4936

Fall 2005

SPN 374K • Peruvian Colonial Literature

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
49385 TTh
12:30 PM-2:00 PM
UTC 4.120
Beyersdorff

Course Description

When the poetess Amarylis offered her first literary fruits to the dramaturge, Lope de Vega, does she suggest he look upon the literarture produced in the viceroyalty of Peru as one of the strange wonders of the New World? If that be so, then how credible is the critique that most writing in the Indies merely followed literary models from the Contintent? Because Amarylis might have known of first five works listed below when she wrote Lope, as well of other literary and historical manuscripts written in Peru that have since been lost to us, it is worthwhile to read these surviving works in order to acertain their unicity. We shall read a selections from poetry, drama and narrative that span the years 1548 to 1736, from accounts of early Spanish settlement in Peru to a reprise of that historical record at the end of the Baroque era. We will examine the following themes or topics: the theater of evangelization (Mexia de Fernangil, Espinosa Medrano), the travails of Christ as the hero king (Oré, Hojeda), satire of public morals (Caviedes), accounts of exploration of uncharted territories (Cieza de León) autobiographical narrative (Garcilaso de la Vega, El Inca), a polemic treatise on race (Guaman Poma), vignettes of daily life in the viceregal capital (Muguburu), and spiritual autobiography (Acosta). This period also marks the emergence of writing in the Amerindian languages of works of transcendent import for the acculturation of the native Andeans and for the conservation of their oral traditions in mythological narrative (Avila). In addition two background readings in literary history and criticism of Peruvian Colonial works.

Grading Policy

Participation in class discussion on readings/Homework 30% Mid-Term paper 30% End-of-course paper 30% Class presentation on end-of-course paper 10%

Texts

Course Packet includes: Selected sections of La literatura peruana en el período de estabilización colonial by Carlos García-Bedoya M. Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos, Lima, 2000. Selected sections of Los inicios de la poesía castellana en el Perú. Fuentes, estudio crítico y textos by Oscar Coello, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú. Lima, 2001. Alonzo Enriquez de Guzmán Coplas a la muerte de don Diego de Almagro, primer gobernador de la Nueva Toledo (1541-1543) Pedro Cieza de León Crónica del Peru (1548-1550) José de Acosta Las Peregrinaciones de Bartolomé Lorenzo Diego Mexia de Fernangil El Dios Pan (1608) Anonymous El manuscrito de Huarochiri (Ed. Francisco de Avila) (1608) Fray Jerónimo de Oré El Sexto Canto del Symbolo Catholico Indiano (1598) Garcilaso de la Vega, El Inca Comentarios Reales de los Incas (1609) Diego de Hojeda La Cristiada (1611) Amarillis Epistola a Belardo (before 1621). Published by Lope de Vega in Filomena y otras diversas rimas (Spain, 1621) Anonymous poetess (Clarinda?) Discurso en loor de la poesía (Peru or Bolivia, 17th century) Juan de Espinosa Medrano El Hijo Prodigo (1643) Muguburu Diario de Lima (1640) Juan del Valle y Caviedes (lived between 1645-1697?) Privilegios del Pobre and A una vieja del Cuzco, grande alcahueta y revendedora de los hijos mestizos como ella, le escribe este romance. Bartolomé Arsánz de Orsúa y Vela Historia de la Villa Imperial de Potosí (1736)

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