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Culture and history of the Spanish-speaking Countries Professor Maria Elisa Craveri


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. – Culture and history of the Spanish-speaking Countries

Professor Maria Elisa Craveri


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COURSE AIMS


The course will study the Maya civilization and, in particular, its conception of Time, which they considered the universe’s engine of life. We will study the different systems adopted by this civilization in its history to calculate time and the main chronological registers, from the pre-Hispanic era to the present day. Therefore, we will explore the Mayan system of symbols and the different ways of interpreting the calendar cycles, or counts, as well as the different mythical and ritual expressions that both ancient and modern Mayas have dedicated to Time.

COURSE CONTENT

The Mayan world and Time: the myths and rituals that surround the chronological cycles.



READING LIST

A. Aveni, Observadores del cielo en el México antiguo (México DF: Fondo de Cultura Económica, 1997).

Códices mayas, www.famsi.org/spanish/mayawriting/codices/madrid.html.

Colby Benjamin y Lore Colby, El contador de los días. Vida y discurso de un adivino maya (México DF: Fondo de Cultura Económica, 1986).

Chilam Balam de Ixil, ed. de Laura Caso, México D.F., INAH-CONACULTA, 2011.

Á Díaz - G. Ana, Las formas del tiempo. Tradiciones cosmográficas en los calendarios indígenas del México Central (México DF: UNAM, Tesis de Doctorado en Historia del Arte, 2011).

El libro de los libros de Chilam Balam, edición de Alfredo Barrera Vásquez y Silvia Rendón (México DF: Fondo de Cultura Económica, 1982).

E. Hill Boone, Cycles of Time and Meaning in the Mexican Books of Fate (Austin: University of Texas Press, 2007).

La Farge Oliver y Douglas Byers, El pueblo del cargador del año (Antigua Guatemala: Fundación Yaxche’-CIRMA, 1997).

Diego de Landa, Relación de las cosas de Yucatán (México DF: Porrúa, 1986).

Jacques Le Goff, El orden de la memoria (Barcelona: Paidós, 1991).

John Montgomery, Diccionario de jeroglíficos mayas.

http://research.famsi.org/spanish/montgomery_dictionary/monthsigns.php



Santiago Morales Sic, Religión y política: el proceso de institucionalización de la espiritualidad en el movimiento maya guatemalteco (Guatemala: FLACSO, 2004).

Prudence Rice, Maya Calendar Origins (Austin: University of Texas Press, 2007).

Walburga Rupflin Alvarado, El Tzolkin es más que un calendario (Guatemala: Fundación CEDIM, 1999).

Barbara Tedlock, Time and the Highland Maya (Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 1982).

Villa Rojas Alfonso, “Los conceptos de espacio y tiempo entre los grupos mayances contemporáneos”, en Miguel León Portilla, Tiempo y realidad en el pensamiento maya (México DF: UNAM, 1968) pp. 119-167.


N.B. The lecturer will provide a course pack containing the material to be analysed and the compulsory texts to be prepared for the exam.

TEACHING METHOD

Classroom lectures, group work.



ASSESSMENT METHOD

Oral exam, intermediate papers and mini-theses, continuous assessment.



NOTES

Further information can be found on the lecturer's webpage at http://www2.unicatt.it/unicattolica/docenti/index.html or on the Faculty notice board.


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