Spring Break Away 2022 - Peru

Course: ENGL 233 Travel Narratives

[Satisfies Cultural Fluency and Responsiveness]

Machu Picchu

This course will explore travel writing in and about the American hemisphere, starting from Spanish explorers and conquistadors---like Díaz, De Las Casas, Inca Garcilaso de la Vega, and Cabeza de Vaca---and moving up to contemporary North American writings about Latin America, and Latin American writing about North America. We will read excerpts from The Lost City of the Inca, which is the memoir of the Yale anthropologist Hiram Bingham who came across the ruins of Machu Picchu in 1911. This text will anchor our visit to Machu Picchu during our on-site Spring Break Away trip. On our way to Machu Picchu, we will stop at Cusco, which was once the capital of the Inca Empire, as well as the site of the Spaniards' defeat of Atahualpa, the last Incan emperor, a historical that we will read in both Inca Garcilaso's writings and De las Casas's accounts. Our trip will start and end in Lima, Perú's vibrant capital, and South America's culinary capital.

Professor: Dr. Emad Mirmotahari

Prerequisites: This course is open to all, no prerequisites

Max enrollment: 20 students

More information: See Dr. Mirmotahari, 630B College Hall

Class Time: T/TH 1:40-3:00p.m.

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