Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies
Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies

Kelly McDonough


Assistant ProfessorPh.D., University of Minnesota

Assistant Professor, Department of Spanish & Portuguese
Kelly McDonough

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Critical Indigenous Studies; Latin American Colonial Literatures; Ethnohistory (Nahuatl Studies); Religious Studies; Digital Humanities;

Courses


LAS 381 • Colonial Space And Mapping

39825 • Spring 2016
Meets TTH 1230pm-200pm BEN 1.118
(also listed as ILA 387)

Course Description: In this interdisciplinary graduate seminar we will analyze the production and interaction of visual signs (written, painted, and cartographic) issuing from distinct cultures in the ever-changing temporal, social, and geographic space of colonial Latin America. Specifically, 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. This course allows students to acquire and develop a rigorous theoretical framework and historical background for research related to colonial cultures in contact, particularly in the areas of: 1) the construction of identity in relation to interpretations and representations of self and others; 2) written and visual assertions of domination, subordination, negotiation, and appropriation; and 3) the circulation and impact of these texts in their own time, as well as the present day.

Primary Sources include:

Códice Mendoza

Colón, Cristóbal. Diario del primer viaje (1492-1493)

Cortés, Hernán. Cartas de relación

Díaz del Castillo, Bernal. Historia verdadera de la conquista de la Nueva España

Fernández de Oviedo y Valdés, Gonzalo. Historia general y natural de las Indias

Garcilaso de la Vega, El Inca. Comentarios Reales de Los Incas

Guaman Poma de Ayala, Felipe Guaman. Nueva corónica y buen gobierno

La historia tolteca-chichimeca

Mapa de Cuauhtinchan No. 2

Miscellaneous Maps (Kraus Map Collection at the Harry Ransom Center; LLILAS Benson Rare Books Collection; James Ford Bell Library [online])

Núñez Cabeza de Vaca, Alvar. Naufragios

El Requerimiento

Relaciones geográficas (written questionnaire responses and accompanying maps);

Sahagún, Bernardino de, et al. Historia General de Las Cosas de Nueva España (Códice Florentino, Book 11, Earthly Things)

Secondary and/or Theoretical Texts by: Michel de Certeau; Edmundo O’Gorman; Rolena Adorno; José Rabasa; Walter Mignolo; Ricardo Padrón; Edward Soja; Michel Foucault; Ellen T. Baird; Barbara Mundy; Ileana Rodríguez; Dana Liebsohn; Doreen Massey; Antonello Gerbi; Santa Arias; Ángel Rama; Elizabeth Hill Boone; Camilla Townsend; and José Luis Romero.

Requirements:

30% Class Discussion Participation

20% Undergraduate Lesson Plan

50% Final Research Paper

LAS 370S • Intro To Literatures/Culs

39595 • Fall 2015
Meets TTH 200pm-330pm BEN 1.108
(also listed as SPN 328C)

Taught in Spanish. Overview of Iberian and/or Latin American literatures and cultures, including the arts and popular expressions, from a multidisciplinary perspective. Among the regions studied are Spain; North, Central, and South America; the Caribbean; and related areas in Africa.

LAS 370S • Intro To Literatures/Culs

39748 • Spring 2015
Meets TTH 1230pm-200pm MEZ 1.120
(also listed as SPN 328C)

The contact zone, according to literary and cultural studies scholar Mary Louise Pratt, can be defined as “social spaces where cultures meet, clash, and grapple with each other, often in contexts of highly asymmetrical relations of power, such as colonialism, slavery, or their aftermaths as they are lived out in many parts of the world today.”1 With the contact zone as an organizing framework, this course is an introduction to the cultural texts produced in the complex social, cultural, historical, geographical, and political contexts of Iberian and Latin America. As opposed to the impossible task of a chronological march through hundreds of years and more than twenty countries, we will instead utilize a multidisciplinary approach utilizing concepts crucial to understanding Iberian and Latin American literary/cultural phenomena. These concepts include mapping and representation; the politics and legacy of encounters; social identities; coercion and subversion; discourses of the modern nation; inclusions and exclusions; and movements and migrations. Throughout the semester you will acquire and practice the skills necessary to analyze a variety of written, visual, oral, and embodied texts, culminating in an original and independent multi-media research project related to the course topic(s).

LAS 370S • Intro To Literatures/Culs

39749 • Spring 2015
Meets TTH 200pm-330pm MEZ 1.212
(also listed as SPN 328C)

The contact zone, according to literary and cultural studies scholar Mary Louise Pratt, can be defined as “social spaces where cultures meet, clash, and grapple with each other, often in contexts of highly asymmetrical relations of power, such as colonialism, slavery, or their aftermaths as they are lived out in many parts of the world today.”1 With the contact zone as an organizing framework, this course is an introduction to the cultural texts produced in the complex social, cultural, historical, geographical, and political contexts of Iberian and Latin America. As opposed to the impossible task of a chronological march through hundreds of years and more than twenty countries, we will instead utilize a multidisciplinary approach utilizing concepts crucial to understanding Iberian and Latin American literary/cultural phenomena. These concepts include mapping and representation; the politics and legacy of encounters; social identities; coercion and subversion; discourses of the modern nation; inclusions and exclusions; and movements and migrations. Throughout the semester you will acquire and practice the skills necessary to analyze a variety of written, visual, oral, and embodied texts, culminating in an original and independent multi-media research project related to the course topic(s).

LAS 370S • Cult Contact Colonial Spn Amer

40675 • Fall 2014
Meets TTH 1230pm-200pm MEZ 1.202
(also listed as SPN 355)

Taught in Spanish. Latin American Studies 322 and 370S may not both be counted unless the topics vary.


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