English 203

Graduate Readings: Comparative Colonialisms: Latin America and the U.S.

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
2 Fall 2017 Saldaña, Maria
Wed. 6-9 PM 180 Barrows Graduate Courses

Book List

Deloria, Phil : Playing Indian; Forbes, Jack D.: Africans and Native Americans: The Language of Race and the Evolution of Red-Black Peoples; Lockhart, James : Nahuas and Spaniards: Postconquest Central Mexican History and Philology; Martinez, María Elena: Genealogical Fictions: Limpieza de Sangre, Religion, and Gender in Colonial Mexico; Rama, Angel: The Lettered City; Saldana Portillo, Maria Josefina: Indian Given: Racial Geographies across Mexico and the United States; Simpson, Audra : Mohawk Interruptus: Political Life Across the Borders of Settler States; Williams, Robert : The American Indian in Western Legal Thought: The Discourses of Conquest


A comparative study of Spanish and British colonialism, this course examines specific forms of governmentality implanted in the Americas and consequences thereof, with particular attention to racialization. British and Spanish modes of colonialism produced distinct racial formations in Hispanophone and Anglophone America, and yet both Mexico and the United States are made up of racially stratified social systems today. Slavery, the encomienda, policies of limpieza de sangre and blood quantum and more are examined as modes of colonial governmentality that organized labor, reproduction, leisure, and space in New England and New Spain. Focusing on the colonial production of what are today indigenous and black/afromestizo identities, we consider how race was accomplished through the disciplining of gender and sexuality, and thus course readings necessarily engage this active entwining of race, gender, and sex. The syllabus includes a mixture of primary archival and literary material, and secondary historical and literary studies of the colonial archives.

This course satisfies the Group 6 (Non-historical) requirement.

Other Recent Sections of This Course

Spring, 2019
Course & Section Course Name Course Areas
203/1 Graduate Readings: William Faulkner and the Historical Novel Goble, Mark
203/2 Graduate Readings Miller, Jennifer
203/3 Graduate Readings: The Queer and the Oriental Leong, Andrew Way
203/4 Graduate Readings: Renaissance Drama Knapp, Jeffrey
203/5 Graduate Readings: Nineteenth-Century U. S. Historical Poetics Otter, Samuel
Fall, 2018
Course & Section Course Name Course Areas
203/1 Graduate Readings: Allegorical Moments: Public, Private, and the Writing of Everyday Life Hejinian, Lyn
203/4 Graduate Readings: American Genres Serpell, C. Namwali
203/5 Graduate Readings: Prospectus Workshop Abel, Elizabeth
Spring, 2018
Course & Section Course Name Course Areas
203/1 Graduate Readings: Radical Enlightenment? Goldstein, Amanda Jo
203/2 Graduate Readings: The Novel in Theory Hale, Dorothy J.
203/3 Graduate Readings: Prospectus and Grant Workshop Thornbury, Emily V.
203/4 Graduate Readings: Digital Humanities for Medieval Studies Nolan, Maura
203/5 Graduate Readings: Contemporary Chicanx/Latinx Novels Gonzalez, Marcial
Fall, 2017
Course & Section Course Name Course Areas
203/1 Graduate Readings: Caribbean Literature and Culture Ellis, Nadia
203/3 Graduate Readings: Materiality Flynn, Catherine
Spring, 2017
Course & Section Course Name Course Areas
203/1 Graduate Readings: World Systems Theory and the Asian Anglophone Novel Lye, Colleen
203/2 Graduate Readings: The Political Economy of Life and Death in African American Literature and Culture JanMohamed, Abdul R.

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