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Charles R. Hale, Director SRH 1.310, 2300 Red River Street D0800, Austin, TX 78712 • 512.471.5551

Sergio Romero

Assistant Professor Ph.D. Linguistics, University of Pennsylvania

Fellow of Peter T. Flawn Centennial Assistant Professorship in Spanish Language and Literature, LLILAS and Department of Spanish & Portuguese
Sergio Romero

Contact

  • Phone: 512.232.4525; 512.232.2420
  • Office: BEN 4.104; SRH 1.323
  • Office Hours: T 11:30-12:30 PM, W 2:00-3:00 PM, TH 11:00 - 12:00 PM

Interests

language variation and change; linguistic anthropology; Christian registers in indigenous languages; Mayan languages; Nahuatl; Quechua

LAS 392S • Lang/Christnty In Col Lat Amer

40669 • Spring 2013
Meets TTH 500pm-630pm MEZ 1.204
(also listed as SPN 383M )
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DESCRIPTION

This seminar will explore the cultural and linguistic implications of the encounter between Native American and Catholic religious traditions after the European conquest. Focusing especially on Mesoamerica and the Andes, we will examine the development of the Spanish missionary project, the dilemmas of translating Christian theology and ritual, the rise of pastoral registers in indigenous languages, the notion of syncretism and its problems, the development of Native American Christianity in the Colonial period and the rise of indigenous ‘folk Catholicism’. Special attention will be given to the Nahua of Central Mexico, the Maya of Yucatan and Highland Guatemala and the Quechua of Southern Peru and Bolivia. We will do extensive readings of indigenous primary sources, and detailed analysis of key texts. Participants will be required to have a reading knowledge of Spanish and/or Portuguese. Knowledge of Nahuatl, a Mayan language or Quechua would be desirable. 

 

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