Race and Racism in Premodern Literature and Culture
The course examines the origins of race and racism in the premodern Spanish World and provides an introduction to Critical Race Theory.
It offers an overview of the cultural, social, linguistic, and ideological constructions that helped establish an idea of race and racism in the context of Spanish premodern cultures.
The Spanish World is examined as playing a key role in the development of race and racism due to its unique situation as the convergence of Christian, Jewish, and Muslim communities and later through its imperial and colonial expansions in larger areas around the globe and through its role in the establishment of the African slave trade. Texts and cultural practices are studied in the light of the medical, literary, historical, legal, philosophical, and theological ideas of the premodern period. Topics include medicine, art, religion, groups and communities, food, urban design, state and political structure, as well as literature and popular culture.