This seminar explores the intersect between popular culture and the institutions of repression, 1500-1800. We will be reading a variety of primary sources, articles and monographs primarily drawing from evidence in the archives of the Inquisitions of Europe and the New World. Although some readings provide examples from Europe, the bulk of our readings are concerned with the New World including case studies from Brazil, Columbia, Peru, and Mexico. The goal of the course is to uncover some of the mental and emotional horizons of ordinary men and women in the formation of new societies in the New World.
Mark Emerson is a Visiting Professor in the Department of History.