The Iberian Atlantic

No pre-requisite. Recommended early in the major, concurrent with language study. This course has a lecture on Tuesdays (taught in English) and a recitation on Thursdays; one recitation is taught in English and the other in Spanish. If you have completed SPAN-UA.0200 “Critical Approaches,” you are strongly encouraged to enroll for section 3, taught in Spanish. See note below. The Iberian Atlantic explores the early modern Iberian Atlantic from Al-Andalus (Islamic Spain) and indigenous America through the era of Spanish and Portuguese conquest and colonization that closely tied the Iberian Peninsula, Western Africa, and the Americas to one another in a vast oceanic inter-culture and political economy. The Iberian Atlantic refers to what is now the Portuguese and Spanish-speaking world, on either side of the Atlantic Ocean. The body of water functioned as a conduit allowing for contact between Europe and America through conquest and the migration, displacement, and circulation of people, goods, and capital. The course focuses on those objects of trade—as they work themselves into cultural, intellectual, and artistic production—to study the collective imagination of populations on both sides of the Atlantic. We encounter a range of key primary sources that include architecture, textiles, travel writing, poetry (wine poetry!), testimonies, and visual art. The course is divided between lectures (Tuesdays, in English) and recitations (Thursdays, in either English or Spanish). Recitations are an opportunity to discuss that week’s readings and concepts introduced during lecture in a smaller group, run by the course professor. Field trips will be planned to several of the following: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The James Pierpont Morgan Library, The Jewish Museum, The Hispanic Society of America, The Cloisters, El Museo del Barrio, The Brooklyn Museum of Art, Arts of the Islamic World gallery. Important note for majors and minors: Designed as a gateway course into the major and to upper level courses, “Iberian Atlantic" will count toward the major and minor in Spanish and Latin American Literature and Culture, whether the student registers for the English or Spanish recitation, and whether the student writes essays in English or Spanish. We strongly recommend that students who have completed "Critical Approaches" sign up for the Spanish section, as it was designed precisely for them.

This course explores the Iberian Atlantic world, from Al-Andalus (Moorish Spain) and Anahuac (indigenous America) to the era of Spanish and Portuguese conquest and colonization that closely tied the Iberian Peninsula, Western Africa, and the Americas to one another in a vast oceanic inter-culture and political economy.

Course Information

SPAN-UA 300

Undergraduate

4 Points

Term Section Instructor Schedule Location

Fall 2017

1
James Fernandez
TR: 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM 19W4 102
1
James Fernandez
R: 9:30 AM - 10:45 AM TISC LC3
1
Zeb Joseph Tortorici
R: 9:30 AM - 10:45 AM BOBS LL146
1
Zeb Joseph Tortorici
TR: 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM 19W4 102