01:30 PM to 02:45 PM MW
Krug Hall 204
Section Information for Fall 2019
This section of RELI 235 will focus primarily on the religious literature written by Highland Maya of Guatemala beginning in the sixteenth century. The first portion of this course will involve a close reading of the Popol Vuh (also written as the Maya Book of the Council) – an early collection of indigenous cosmogonic and theogonic myths, and arguably the oldest written literature in the Americas. The second portion of this course will then consist of reading two modern novels that will explore the continued influence of the Popol Wuj in later fiction – Men of Maize by Miguel Ángel Asturias (the second Nobel laureate in literature from Latin America) and Time Commences in Xibalbá by Luis de Lión (the first Maya author to write a novel). As such, this course will serve as an introduction to native Mesoamerican religions and their influence on modern literature (e.g., magical realism) and the post-colonial critique.
Note: Each section of RELI 235 has a very different focus and does not read the same materials. This is the only section with readings of Native American (Maya) religious literature.
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