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Maria S Barbon
SISLA 492
Seattle Campus

Latin American Studies Seminar

Class description

The question we will address in this course is not so much whether cannibalism as a practice really existed (or still exists), but the fascination this topic has exerted on the European mind and the responses it has provoked among Latin Americans. The purpose of the course is twofold: first, to introduce the student to the study of the textual and iconographic representations of American cannibalism in the 16th and 17th century: chronicles, literature, legal discourses on the one hand, and map sheets, single drawings, book illustrations, on the other. The second objective will be to discuss the research produced by literary critics, anthropologists and within colonial/postcolonial studies during the last two decades on cannibalism as a trope and as a discursive practice within colonialist discourse.

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General method of instruction

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading

Take-home Exam (3-4 pages): 20%; Final Paper (8-10 pages): 40%; Oral Presentation: 20%; Oral Presentation: 20%;


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Annamarie Berdick
Date: 03/16/2004