Maria S Barbon
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.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
Class assignments and grading
Take-home Exam (3-4 pages): 20%; Final Paper (8-10 pages): 40%; Oral Presentation: 20%; Oral Presentation: 20%;