Schedule and Readings
Week One – Course Introduction (19 Jan)
Week Two – Paradigms of Conquest (26 Jan)
Part 1: Foundations
Week Three: - Chronicles (2 Feb)
- Film: Columbus Didn’t Conquer Us (1992)
Week Four: - Letters (9 Feb)
- Diaz de Castillo, The Discovery and Conquest of Mexico
Week Five: - Narratives (16 Feb)
- Cortés, Letters from Mexico
- Selections from Lockhart and Otte, Letters and People of the Spanish Indies.
Week Six: The Social History of Conquest (23 Feb)
- Prescott, History of the Conquest of Mexico.
Week Seven: - Indigenous Views (2 Mar)
- Lockhart, Of Things of the Indies.
- Gibson, The Aztecs under Spanish Rule, selections. (Part 1. Part 2.)
Part 2: Recent Works
Week Eight: SPRING BREAK (9 March)
Week Nine: Regional Histories (16 March)
- Restall, et. al. Mesoamerican Voices.
- Restall, et. al. Invading Guatemala.
Week Ten: Gender, Sex and Conquest (23 March)
- Kippner-Martinez, Rereading the Conquest.
Week Eleven: Gender, Sex and Conquest (30 March)
- Townsend, Malintzin’s Choices.
Week Twelve: Gender, Sex and Conquest (6 April)
- Sigal, Moon Goddesses to Virgins.
- Trexler, Sex and Conquest.
Week Thirteen: Atlantic Cultures of Conquest: Ceremony and Meaning (13 April)
- Gutierrez, When Jesus Came the Corn Mothers Went Away.
Week Fourteen: Atlantic Cultures of Conquest: Spirit of Conquest (20 April) + presentations
- Seed, Ceremonies of Possession.
Week Fifteen: Legacies of Conquest (27 April) + presentations
- Cañizares, Puritan Conquistadors.
- Elizabeth Archuleta, “Memorializing Po’Pay and Oñate, or Recasting Racialized Regimes of Representation,” New Mexico Historical Review (Summer 2007):317-337.
- Kathy Freise, “Contesting Oñate: Sculpting the Shape of Memory,” in Expressing New Mexico: Nuevomexicano Creativity, Ritual, and Memory (233-252).
- Phillip Gonzales, “History Hits the Heart”: Albuquerque’s Great Cuartocentenario Controversy, 1997-2005,” in Expressing New Mexico: Nuevomexicano Creativity, Ritual, and Memory (207-232).
- Alfredo Jiménez, “Don Juan de Oñate and the Founding of New Mexico: Possible Gains and Losses from Centennial Celebrations,” Colonial Latin American Historical Review 7.2 (Spring 1998): 109-128.
- Menchú, Rigoberta. “The Quincentenary, a Question of Class, Not Race: An Interview with Rigoberta Menchú, Latin American Perspectives, 1992.
- Stern, Steve. “Paradigms of Conquest: History, Historiography, and Politics. Journal of Latin American Studies, Vol. 24 (1992), 1-34.
- Vargas Llosa, Mario. “Questions of Conquest: What Columbus Wrought, and What He Did Not,” Harpers Magazine, December 1990.