Letters

Letters Archive
Fall 92, Vol. 1, No. 1
  • The South as an American Problem: An Interview
  • Changing Images of Columbus
  • Transatlantic Encounters: The "Discovery" of the New World and the Old
  • Transatlantic Encounters: The "Discovery" of the New World and the Old

    The conference entitled "Transatlantic Encounters" was organized by the 1991/92 Fellows. The Fellows Program, co-directed by Marshall C. Eakin, Associate Professor of History, and Vivien Green, Associate Professor of Fine Arts, was dedicated to the study of the discovery of the Americas as seen through the writings of European explorers, Native Americans, and Africans. This conference is the culmination of the work of last year's Fellows.

    Sessions I-III: Three Worlds Collide
    Thursday, October 8, 1992
    SESSION I: NATIVE AMERICANS: "VISION OF THE VANQUISHED"
    9:15 "Native Reactions to the Invasion of America"

    JAMES AXTELL, Department of History, College of William and Mary
    "Native Perceptions of the Conquest: Patterns of Assimilation and Resistance in Mesoamerica"
    STEPHEN D. HOUSTON, Department of Anthropology, Vanderbilt University
    "Inca and Indian Ideologies in the Making of the Colonial Andean World"
    IRENE SILVERBLATT, Department of Cultural Anthropology, Duke University
    Panel Moderator: HOWARD HARROD, Divinity School, Vanderbilt University

    SESSION II: EUROPEANS: "CONFRONTING THE OTHER"
    1:30 "Textual Confrontations with 1492: Las Casa's 'Prologue' vs. Columbus's 'Letter of 1492'"

    MARGARITA ZAMORA, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, University of Winsconsin, Madison
    "The Naufragios of Cabeza de Vaca: The Problematics of Narratives of Discovery and Exploration in the Sixteenth Century"
    ENRIQUE PUPO-WALKER, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, Vanderbilt University
    "The Meaning of America for Early Modern England"
    KAREN KUPPERMANN, Departmentof History, University of Connecticut
    Panel Moderator: PAUL. H. FREEDMAN, Department of History, Vanderbilt University

    Friday, October 9
    SESSION III: AFRICANS: "UNWILLING IMMIGRANTS"
    9:15 "Remembering Africa"

    JAMES OLNEY, Department of English, Louisiana State University
    "African Ethnicity in Africa and the Americas"
    JOHN K. THORNTON, Department of History, Millersville University of Pennsylvania
    "The Secret of Joy Possessed"
    MARGARET KENT BASS, Department of English, Vanderbilt University
    Panel Moderator William Luis, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, Vanderbilt University

    SESSIONS IV-VI: Reinterpreting the Collision

    SESSION IV: EUROPE: "MAKING SENSE OF THE OTHER"
    1:30 "Making Sense of the Caribbean"

    PETER HULME, Department of Literature, University of Essex
    "Becoming the Other: Power and Creole Identity in British North America"
    JOYCE E. CHAPLIN, Department of History, Vanderbilt University
    "Spanish Poetry and the New World: The Renaissance Poetics of the Marvelous"
    CHRISTOPHER H. MAURER, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, Vanderbilt University
    Panel Moderator: JOEL F. HARRINGTON, Department of History, Vanderbilt University

    Saturday, October 10
    SESSION V: NORTH AMERICA: "INVENTING AND REINVENTING COLUMBUS"
    9:15 "Inventing Columbus"

    CECELIA TICHI, Department of English, Vanderbilt University
    "History Before the Fact; or, Captain John Smith's Unfinished Symphony"
    MYRA JEHLEN, Department of English, Rutgers
    "Trauma"
    FRANCIS JENNINGS, Senior Research Fellow, Newberry Library
    Panel Moderator:VIVIEN GREEN FRYD, Department of Fine Arts, Vanderbilt University

    SESSION VI: LATIN AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN: "NEW SOCIETIES, NEW IDENTITIES"
    1:30 "Strategies for Survival: the Native Response in Mesoamerica"

    WILLIAM R. FOWLER, Jr., Department of Anthropology, Vanderbilt University
    "The African Diaspora and the African Discovery of the New World"
    COLIN PALMER, Department of History, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    "Borges, the Encounter, and the Other: Blacks and the Monstrous Races"
    WILLIAM LUIS, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, Vanderbilt University
    "Creole Perspectives on the Spanish Conquests in America"
    SIMON COLLIER, Department of History, Vanderbilt University
    Panel Moderator: MARSHALL C. EAKIN, Department of History, Vanderbilt University

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