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Kelly McDonough

Assistant Professor Ph.D., University of Minnesota

Kelly McDonough

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Biography

My research focuses on Latin American Colonial Literatures with an emphasis on Mexican and Indigenous Studies, specifically Nahuatl language and culture. My first book, The Learned Ones: Nahua Intellectuals in Postconquest Mexico (University of Arizona Press, First Peoples: New Directions in Indigenous Studies, 2014) challenges the commonly held assumption that indigenous intellectual activities in Latin America ceased or decreased dramatically with the advent of the European conquest and colonization. As evidence, I explore specific cases of Nahua writing and intellectualism from the past five centuries. I am also working on a project tracking narratives of intercultural contact, dialogues, and exchanges in the sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Nahuatl annals. My primary area of research deals with the Colonial period, however I am deeply committed to decolonizing methodologies that include reconnecting present-day indigenous communities with their cultural heritage sources.
 
 
 

Interests

Latin American Colonial Literatures and Cultures; Mexican and Indigenous Studies; Colonial and Contemporary Nahuatl Language and Culture; Indigenous Intellectualisms and Literacies.

ILA 387 • Indigenous Cult Colonial Mex

46595 • Fall 2014
Meets TH 930am-1230pm BEN 1.118
(also listed as LAS 392S )
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Description:

The study of Latin American literatures and cultures during the colonial period has traditionally been carried out through the analysis of texts produced by Europeans and their descendants. These perspectives are useful and valid; however without taking into account indigenous voices we are left with an incomplete understanding of the colonial experience. With this in mind, the aim of this interdisciplinary course is to investigate how Nahuas (native speakers of Nahuatl, one of the most widely spoken and best-documented indigenous languages in the Americas) shaped and responded to colonial rule in New Spain during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Through the analysis of visual and alphabetic texts we will attend to how Nahuas asserted and negotiated social, political, and territorial rights and authority within a context of domination. Specifically, we will focus on the paradoxical roles that alphabetic literacy, the Catholic Church, and the complex colonial legal system played in both the production and contestation of coloniality in the economic, political, civic, and epistemological domains of Nahua life. By emphasizing this lesser-known history of indigenous survival and creative adaptation, as well as cross-cultural communications between indigenous peoples and Europeans, this course allows students to acquire and develop a rigorous theoretical framework and historical background for research related to colonial cultures in contact and their legacies today. This course welcomes graduate students from the Humanities and Social Sciences. Advanced undergraduate students may enroll with special permission from the instructor.

Requirements:

Weekly 1-page Reaction Paper with discussion questions and General Participation 20%

Oral of Assigned Reading 15%

Oral Presentation of Final Research Paper (preview/summary) 15%

Final Research Paper (20-25 pages, including notes and bibliography) 50%

Primary Sources:

Carta de Huejotzingo

Chimalpahin, Las ocho relaciones y el memorial de Colhuacan (excerpts)

Codex Telleriano Remensis (folio 46r)

The Florentine Codex (prologues and excerpts)

Historia Tolteca Chichimeca (complete)

Lienzo de Tlaxcala (at LLILAS BENSON)

La nobleza indígena del centro de México después de la conquista. Ed. Emma Pérez Rocha and Rafael Tena. (assorted letters)

Proceso inquisitorial del cacique de Tetzcoco: Don Carlos Ometochtzin, Chichimecatecotl (1539).

Relaciones geográficas & Questionnaire (maps at LLILAS Benson)

Tezozomoc, Hernando de Alvarado, Cronica mexicana and Cronica mexicayotl (excerpts)

Titulos primordiales (various narratives of possession of land, acceptance of Christianity)

Zapata y Mendoza, Don Juan Buenaventura. Historia cronológica de la Noble Ciudad de Tlaxcala(excerpts, funeral processions for the King of Spain)

Monographs

Christensen, Mark Z. Nahua and Maya Catholicisms: Texts and Religion in Colonial Central Mexico and Yucatan. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2013.

Connell, William. After Moctezuma: Indigenous Politics and Self-Government in Mexico City (1524-1730). Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2011.

Sigal, Peter H. The Flower and the Scorpion: Sexuality and Ritual in Early Nahua Culture. Durham: Duke University Press, 2011.

Tavárez, David. The Invisible War: Indigenous Devotions, Discipline, And Dissent in Colonial Mexico. Stanford, Calif: Stanford University Press, 2011. (also available in Spanish)

Theoretical and Secondary Sources

Boone, Elizabeth Hill. “Introduction: Writing and Recording Knowledge.” Writing without Words. Ed. Elizabeth Hill Boone and Walter D. Mignolo. Durham: Duke University Press, 1994. 3-26.

de Certeau, Michel. The Practice of Everyday Life. Trans. Steven F. Rendall. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1984.

___. “Preface.” “Introduction: Writing and Histories” “Ethnography.” The Writing of History. Trans. Tom Conley. New York: Columbia University Press, 1988. xv-xviii, 1-16, 209-243.

Fabian, Johannes. “Time and the Emerging Other.” Time and the Other: How Anthropology Makes its Objects. New York: Columbia University Press, 1983. 1-35.

Fitzpatrick, Peter, and Eve Darian-Smith. “Laws of the Postcolonial: An Insistent Introduction.” Laws of the Postcolonial. Ed. Eve Darian-Smith and Peter Fitzpatrick. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1999. 1-17.

Green, L.C. “Claims to Territory in Colonial America.” The Laws of Nations and the New World. Ed. L.C. Green and Olive P. Dickason. Edmonton: University of Alberta Press, 1989. 1-39.

Gruzinski, Serge. La colonización de lo imaginario: Sociedades indígenas y occidentalización en el México español. Siglos XVI-XVIII. Mexico City: FCE, 1998. (Chapters 1 and 2).

Kellogg, Susan. “Introduction—Back to the Future: Law, Politics, and Culture in

Colonial Mexican Ethnohistorical Studies.” Negotiation within Domination: New Spain’s Indian Pueblos Confront the Spanish State. Ed. Ethelia Ruiz Medrano and Susan Kellogg. Boulder: University Press of Colorado, 2010.

Liebsohn, Dana. “Primers for Memory: Cartographic Histories and Nahua Identity.” Writing without Words. Ed. Elizabeth Hill Boone and Walter D. Mignolo. Durham: Duke University Press, 1994. 161-187.

Lockhart, James. The Nahuas after the Conquest. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1992. (excerpts)

___.     Background and Course of the New Philology.  http://whp.uoregon.edu/Lockhart/index.html. 2007.

Lopes Don, Patricia. “The 1539 Inquisition and Trial of Don Carlos of Texcoco in Early Mexico.” Hispanic American Historical Review88.4 (2008): 573-606.

Mesoamerican Voices: Native Language Writings from Colonial Mexico, Oaxaca, Yucatan, and Guatemala. Ed. Restall, Matthew, Lisa Sousa, and Kevin Terraciano. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2005. (chapter 1)

Mignolo, Walter. The Darker Side of the Renaissance: Literacy, Territoriality, and Colonization. 1995. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2007. (excerpts)

Mundy, Barbara. The Mapping of New Spain: Indigenous Cartography and the Maps of the Relaciones geográficas. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1996.61-89.

Rabasa, José. Tell Me the Story of How I Conquered You: Elsewheres and Ethnosuicide in the Colonial Mesoamerican World. Austin: University of Texas Press, 2011. (chapters 1 and 2)

___. “Writing and Evangelization in Sixteenth Century Mexico.” Early Images of the Americas: Transfer and Invention. Ed. Jerry M. Williams and Robert E. Lewis. Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 1993. 65-92.

Rama, La ciudad letrada. Hanover: Ediciones del Norte, 1984. (chapters 1 and 2)

Roa de la Carrera, Cristián.Translating Nahua Rhetoric: Sahagun’s Nahua Subjects in Colonial Mexico.” Rhetorics of the Americas: 3114 BCE to 2012 CE. Ed. Damián Baca and Victor Villanueva. New York: Palgrave McMillan, 2010. 69-88.

Roseberry, William. “Hegemony and the Language of Contention.” Everyday Forms of State Formation: Revolution and the Negotiation of Rule in Modern Mexico. Ed. Gilbert M. Joseph and Daniel Nugent. Durham: Duke University Press, 1994. 355-366.

Taylor, Diana.“Performance and/as History.” The Drama Review(Spring 2006): 67-86.

Wood, Stephanie. “The Social vs. Legal Context of Nahuatl Títulos.” Native Traditions in the Postconquest World. Ed. Elizabeth Hill Boone and Tom Cummins. Washington D.C.: Dumbarton Oaks, 1998. 201-231.

 

SPN 355 • Cult Contact Colonial Spn Amer

47335 • Fall 2014
Meets TTH 1230pm-200pm MEZ 1.202
(also listed as LAS 370S )
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Taught in Spanish. Latin American Studies 322 and 370S may not both be counted unless the topics vary.

SPN 380K • Writ/Repr In Colonial Lat Amer

46920 • Spring 2013
Meets TTH 1230pm-200pm BEN 1.118
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SPN380K Writing and Representation in Colonial Latin America

McDonough

 

Description:

The central concern of this interdisciplinary course is how both writing and images served to claim and (re-claim) territories, peoples, and histories/knowledges in early colonial Latin America (XV-XVII). With an emphasis on the oftentimes unequal encounters between European and indigenous peoples, we will study how the cultural texts in question were both reflective and constitutive of the colonial experience. Some of the interrelated issues we will address include: 1) interpretations and representations of self and others; 2) written and visual assertions of domination, subordination, negotiation, and appropriation; and 3) constructions of social identities in this evolving geographic and cultural space. Our readings will focus on the individual and/or collective positioning and discursive frames of a wide variety of texts including journal entries and letters, laws and decrees, relaciones, natural histories, crónicas, European and indigenous maps, codexes and lienzos, among others. We will view the Lienzo de Tlaxcala as well as the questionnaire and resulting Relaciones geográficas maps from New Spain held at the Benson Latin American Collection. This seminar welcomes graduate students from the Humanities and Social Sciences disciplines. Advanced undergraduate students may enroll with special permission from the instructor.

 

Course Readings:

Required Texts:

Mignolo, Walter. The Darker Side of the Renaissance: Literacy, Territoriality, & Colonization. 2nd ed. Ann Arbor: U of Michigan Press, 2003. (available at University Co-op)

Rabasa, José. Tell Me the Story of How I Conquered You: Elsewheres and Ethnosuicide in the Colonial Mesoamerican World. University of Texas Press, 2011. (available at University Co-op)

All other required course readings will be posted to Blackboard or available online

 

Course Readings:

Required Texts:

Mignolo, Walter. The Darker Side of the Renaissance: Literacy, Territoriality, & Colonization. 2nd ed. Ann Arbor: U of Michigan Press, 2003. (available at University Co-op)

Rabasa, José. Tell Me the Story of How I Conquered You: Elsewheres and Ethnosuicide in the Colonial Mesoamerican World. University of Texas Press, 2011. (Best price through University of Texas Press website: http://www.utexas.edu/utpress/books/rabtel.html)

All other required course readings will be posted to Blackboard or available online

 

Primary Sources:

Requerimiento; Cristóbal Colón (Diario del primer viaje [fragment]); Gonzalo Fernández de Oviedo (Sumario de la natural historia de las Indias); Hernán Cortés (Second Letter [fragment]); Bernal Díaz del Castillo (Historia verdadera de la conquista de la Nueva España [fragment]); Códice Mexicanus [fragment]; Anales de Tlatelolco [fragment]; Códice Florentino [fragment] / Bernardino de Sahagún (Historia general de las cosas de la Nueva España); Códice Aubin [fragment]; Anales de Cuauhtitlan [fragment]; Carta del Cabildo de Huejotzingo; Lienzo de Tlaxcala; Códice Telleriano Remensis; Relaciones geográficas; Titu Cusi Yupanqui (Instrucción); Felipe Guaman Poma de Ayala (El primer nueva corónica y buen gobierno); El Inca Garcilaso de la Vega (Comentarios reales de los Inca)

 

Secondary critical and theoretical works include those of: Walter Mignolo, Elizabeth Hill Boone, Carlos Jáuregi, Patricia Seed, Justyna Olko, Miguel León-Portilla, Stephanie Merrim, Antonello Gerbi, Natalio Hernández, Camilla Townsend, José Rabasa, Frank Salomon, Rolena Adorno, Mary Louise Pratt, and Margarita Zamora.

 

Grade Distribution:

15% Attendance, General Discussion, and Workshop Participation

10% (2) Two 15-minute Presentations

15% Mid-term Paper: 5-7 page essay on any of the readings of the first part of the course

10% Article Reviews: 4-5 page written report on 3 recent articles found in JSTOR or MLA on any of the texts/topics studied in class 1

50% Final Paper: 12-15 page research paper on a topic related to the course

 

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