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Module Reading List - 'Of Monsters and Men: First Encounter in the Atlantic World'

Primary Sources for the Historian: An Introduction to Documentary study, 2019/20, Semester 2
Professor Stephen Alford
S.Alford@leeds.ac.uk
Tutor information is taken from the Module Catalogue

READING LIST

Primary Sources

Alonso de Espinosa, The Guanches of Tenerife : the holy image of Our Lady of Candelaria, and the Spanish conquest and settlement (1593), trans. by C. R. Markham (London: Hakluyt Society, 1907).

Amerigo Vespucci, Letters from a new world : Amerigo Vespucci's discovery of America, ed. by L. Formisano, trans. by D. Jacobson (New York: Marsilio,1992).

Bartolomé de Las Casas, A short account of the destruction of the Indies (1542), ed. & trans. by N. Griffin (Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1992).

Bartolomé de Las Casas, In Defense of the Indians (1552) , ed. & trans. by S. Poole (Dekalb: Northern Illinois University Press, 1974).

Christopher Columbus, Journal of the first voyage = (Diario del primer viaje) : 1492, ed. & trans. by B. W. Ife (Warminster: Aris & Phillips, 1990).

Christopher Columbus, The four voyages of Christopher Columbus : being his own log-book, letters and dispatches with connecting narrative drawn from the Life of the Admiral by his son Hernando Colón, and other contemporary historians, ed. & trans. by J. M. Cohen (London: Penguin Classics, 1969).

Ferdinand Columbus, The life of the Admiral Christopher Columbus, 2nd ed., ed. & trans. by B. Keen (New Brunswick, N.J: Rutgers University Press, 1992).

Francisco de Vitoria, ‘On the American Indians’, in Political writings, ed. by A. Pagden & J. Lawrance (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1991), pp. 231-92. Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva

Hans Staden, True Story and Depiction of a Country of Wild, Naked, Grim, Man-eating People of the New World, America (1557), trans. by M. Letts, The true history of his captivity 1557 (New York: McBride & Company, 1929)

José de Acosta, The natural & moral history of the Indies (reprinted from the English translated edition of E. Grimestone, 1604), ed. by Clements R. Markham (London: Hakluyt society, 1880).

Juan López de Palacios Rubios, El Requerimiento (The Requirement) (1513), available via the Encyclopaedia Virginia: http://www.encyclopediavirginia.org/El_Requerimiento_by_Juan_Lopez_de_Palacios_Rubios_1513.

Marco Polo, The travels of Marco Polo (the Venetian), revised from Marsden's translation and edited with an introduction by M. Komroff (New York: Liveright, 2003). 

Ramón Pané, An account of the antiquities of the Indians, a new edition, with an introductory study, notes & appendices by J. J. Arrom, trans. by S. C. Griswold (Durham: Duke University Press, 1999).

Rusoni, R. (ed.), The book of prophecies edited by Christopher Columbus  (Berkeley, 1997).

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Secondary sources

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General texts

Abulafia, D., The discovery of mankind : Atlantic encounters in the age of Columbus (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2008).

Greenblatt, S., Marvelous possessions : the wonder of the new world (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991).

Morison, S. E., The European discovery of America., 2 vols (New York: Oxford University Press,1971-4).

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Introducing Columbus & the Voyages

Abulafia, D., The discovery of mankind : Atlantic encounters in the age of Columbus (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2008).

Fernández Armesto, F., Columbus (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991).

Flint, V. I., The imaginative landscape of Christopher Columbus (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1992).

Greenblatt, S., Marvelous possessions : the wonder of the new world (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991).

Greenblatt, S., New world encounters (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1993).

Keegan, W. F., ‘Myth and the First Encounters’, in The Lesser Antilles in the age of European expansion, ed. by R. L. Paquette & S. L. Engerman (Gainseville: University of Florida Press, 1996), pp. 17-32.

Morison, S. E., The European discovery of America., 2 vols (New York: Oxford University Press,1971-4).

Phillips, W. D., & C. R. Phillips, The world of Christopher Columbus (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1992).

Sale, K., The conquest of Paradise : Christopher Columbus and the Columbian legacy (New York: Hodder & Stoughton, 1990).

Verlinden, C. H., The beginnings of modern colonization : eleven essays with an introduction (Cornell: Cornell University Press, 1970).

Wilson, S., Hispaniola [electronic resource] : Caribbean chiefdoms in the age of Columbus (Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 1990) - chapter 2. (E).

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Early Exploration

Edson, E., Mapping time and space : how medieval mapmakers viewed their world (London: the British Library Publishing Division, 2012).

Fernández-Armesto, F., Before Columbus: Exploration and Colonisation from the Mediterranean to the Atlantic, 1229-1492 (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1994) - chapter 8. (E). Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva

Friedman, J., & K. Figg (eds), Trade, travel, and exploration in the Middle Ages : an encyclopedia (New York: Garland 2000).

Harvey, P. D. A., Medieval Maps (London: the British Library Publishing Division, 2012) .

Mercer, J., The Canary Islanders : their prehistory, conquest, and survival (London: Collings, 1980).

Muldoon, J., & F. Fernandez Armesto (eds), The medieval frontiers of Latin Christendom : expansion, contraction, continuity (Farnham: Ashgate Variorum, 2008).

Phillips, S., ‘The Outer World of the European Middle Ages’, in Implicit understandings : observing, reporting, and reflecting on the encounters between Europeans and other peoples in the early modern era, ed. by S. B. Schwartz (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1994), pp. 23-63.

Russell, P., Prince Henry ‘The Navigator’ (Yale: Yale Nota Bene, 2001).

Vallejo, E. Aznar, ‘The Conquest of the Canary Islands’, in Implicit understandings : observing, reporting, and reflecting on the encounters between Europeans and other peoples in the early modern era, ed. by S. B. Schwartz (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1994), pp. 134-56.

Wallace, D., Premodern places : Calais to Surinam, Chaucer to Aphra Behn (Oxford: Blackwell Publishing Ltd, 2004).

Westrem, S. (ed.), Discovering new worlds : essays on medieval exploration and imagination (London: Garland, 1991).

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Travel Writing & Ethnography

Adorno, R., ‘The Discursive Encounter of Spain and America: the authority of eyewitness testimony in the writing of history’, William and Mary quarterly. 49:2 (1992), 210-28.

Campbell, M. B., The Witness and the Other World: Exotic European Travel Writing, 400-1600 (New York: Cornell University Press, 1988) - chapter 5. (E).

Fernández Armesto, F., Amerigo : the man who gave his name to America (New York: Random House Trade Paperbacks, 2008).

Flint, V. I., ‘The Medieval World of Christopher Columbus’, Parergon 12:2 (1995), 9-27.

Greenblatt, S., Marvelous possessions : the wonder of the new world (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991).

Greenblatt, S., New world encounters (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1993).

Henige, D., In search of Columbus : the sources for the first voyage (Tuscon: University of Arizona Press, 1991).

Hulme, P., ‘Tales of distinction: European ethnography and the Caribbean’, in Implicit understandings : observing, reporting, and reflecting on the encounters between Europeans and other peoples in the early modern era, ed. by S. B. Schwartz (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1994), pp. 157-197. (E). Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva

Kupperman, K. O. (ed.), America in European consciousness, 1493-1750 (Williamsburg: University of North Carolina Press, 1995).

Martels, Z. Von (ed.), Travel fact and travel fiction : studies on fiction, literary tradition, scholarly discovery, and observation in travel writing (Leiden: E.J. Brill, 1994).

Phillips, K. M., Before Orientalism : Asian peoples and cultures in European travel writing, 1245-1510 (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2014).

Pratt, M. L., Imperial eyes : travel writing and transculturation, 2nd ed. (London: Routledge, 1992).

Schwartz , S. B., ‘Introduction’, in Implicit understandings : observing, reporting, and reflecting on the encounters between Europeans and other peoples in the early modern era, ed. by S. B. Schwartz (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1994), pp. 1-19.

Zamora, M., ‘“If Cahonaboa learns to speak…’: Amerindian voice in the discourse of discovery’, Colonial Latin American review. 8:2 (1999), 191-205.

Zamora, M., Reading Columbus (London: University of California Press, 1993).

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Discovery of Mankind & Cultural Encounter

Abulafia, D., ‘Neolithic meets Medieval: first encounters in the Canary Islands’, in D. Abulafia & N. Berend (eds), Medieval frontiers : concepts and practices (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2002), pp. 255-78. Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva

Abulafia, D., The discovery of mankind : Atlantic encounters in the age of Columbus (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2008) - chapters 4 & 5.

Barker, F., et al (eds), Europe and its others : proceedings of the Essex Conference on the Sociology of Literature, July 1984 (Colchester: University of Essex, 1985).

Bhabha, H., The Location of Culture, 2nd ed. (London: Routledge, 2004).

Bitterli, U., Cultures in Conflict: Encounters between European and non-European cultures, 1492-1800, trans. by R. Robertson (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1989).

Earle, R., The body of the conquistador : food, race, and the colonial experience in Spanish America, 1492-1700 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1984).

Hulme, P., ‘Tales of distinction: European ethnography and the Caribbean’, in Implicit understandings : observing, reporting, and reflecting on the encounters between Europeans and other peoples in the early modern era, ed. by S. B. Schwartz (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1994), pp. 157-197. (E).

Fernández-Armesto, F., Before Columbus: Exploration and Colonisation from the Mediterranean to the Atlantic, 1229-1492 (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1994) - chapter 9.

Said, E., Orientalism (London: Penguin, 1978).

Todorov, T., The conquest of America : the question of the other, trans. by Richard Howard (3rd ed., New York: Harper & Row Publishers Inc., 1992).

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The Monstrous Races & Cannibal Encounters

Abulafia, D., The discovery of mankind : Atlantic encounters in the age of Columbus (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2008) - chapter 2.

Arens, W., The man-eating myth : anthropology & anthropophagy (New York: Oxford University Press, 1979).

Barker, F., P. Hulme, & M. Iverson (eds), Cannibalism and the colonial world (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1998).

Boucher, P. P., Cannibal Encounters: Europeans and Island Caribs, 1492-1763 (London: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1992).

Brady, I., ‘The Myth-Eating Man’, American anthropologist. 84:3 (1982), 595-611.

Dudley, E., & M. Novak (eds), The wild man within : an image in Western thought from the Renaissance to romanticism (Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh, 1972).

Ferdman, S. H., ‘Conquering Marvels: the marvellous other in the texts of Christopher Columbus’, Hispanic review. 62 (1994), 487-96.

Friedman, J. B., ‘Cultural Conflicts in Medieval World Maps’, in Implicit understandings : observing, reporting, and reflecting on the encounters between Europeans and other peoples in the early modern era, ed. by S. B. Schwartz (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1994), 64-95.

Friedman, J. B., The Monstrous Races in Medieval Art and Thought (Cambridge, MA: Syracuse University Press, 1981).

Hulme, P., & Whitehead, N. L., Wild majesty : encounters with Caribs from Columbus to the present day: an anthology (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1992).

Hulme, P., 'Columbus and the Cannibals', in P. Hulme, Colonial encounters : Europe and the native Caribbean, 1492-1797 (London, 1986), pp. 13-43. Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva

Lestringant, F., Cannibals : the discovery and representation of the cannibal from Columbus to Jules Verne, trans. by R. Morris (Cambridge: Polity Press, 1997).

Martel, H. E., ‘Hans Staden’s Captive Soul: Identity, Imperialism, and Rumours of Cannibalism in Sixteenth-Century Brazil’, Journal of World History 17:1 (2006), 51-69.

Paquette, R. L., & S. L. Engerman (eds), The Lesser Antilles in the age of European expansion (Gainseville: University of Florida Press, 1996) - chapters 1 & 2.

Rope, S. L., ‘Wild Men and Spain’s New World’, in The wild man within : an image in Western thought from the Renaissance to romanticism, ed. by E. Dudley & M. Novak (Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh, 1972), pp. 39-53.

Whitehead, N., ’Hans Staden and the Cultural Politics of Cannibalism’, The Hispanic American historical review. 80:4 (2001), 41-71.

Wittkower, R., ’Marvels of the East – A Study in the History of Monsters’, Journal of the Warburg and Courtauld Institutes. 5 (1942),159-197.

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Trade & Exchange

Birmingham, D., Trade and empire in the Atlantic, 1400-1600 (London: Routledge, 2000).

Crosby, A. W., The Columbian voyages, the Columbian exchange, and their historians [electronic resource] (American Historical Association, 1987). (E).

Earle, R., The body of the conquistador : food, race, and the colonial experience in Spanish America, 1492-1700 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1984) - chapter 2. (E).

Mol, A., ‘The Gift of the "Face of the Living": Shell faces as social valuables in the Caribbean Late Ceramic Age’, Journal de la société des américanistes. 97:2 (2011), 7-43.

Nunn, N., & N. Qian, ‘The Columbian Exchange: a history of disease, food, & ideas’, The journal of economic perspectives. 24:2 (2010), 163-188.

Paquette, R. L., & S. L. Engerman (eds), The Lesser Antilles in the age of European expansion (Gainseville: University of Florida Press, 1996) - chapters 8, 9 & 10.

Reséndez, A., The other slavery : the uncovered story of Indian enslavement in America (Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2016).

Scammell, G. V., The world encompassed : the first European maritime empires c.800-1650 (London: Methuen, 1981).

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Religious (In)tolerance

Abulafia, D., The discovery of mankind : Atlantic encounters in the age of Columbus (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2008) - chapter 11. (E). Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva

Laursen J. C., & C. J. Nederman (eds), Beyond the persecuting society : religious toleration before the Enlightenment (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1998).

Laursen J. C., & C. J. Nederman (eds), Difference and dissent : theories of toleration in medieval and early modern Europe (Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 1997).

Lewis, B., Cultures in conflict : Christians, Muslims, and Jews in the age of discovery (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1995).

Moore, R. I., The formation of a persecuting society : power and deviance in Western Europe, 950-1250, 2nd ed. (Malden, MA: Basil Blackwell, 2006).

Nirenberg, D., Communities of Violence: persecution of minorities in the Middle Ages (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1996) - introduction. (E).

Perry, M. E., & A. J. Cruz, Cultural encounters : the impact of the Inquisition in Spain and the New World (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1991).

Waugh, S. L., & P. D. Diehl (eds), Christendom and its discontents : exclusion, persecution, and rebellion, 1000-1500 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1997).

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The Rights of Non-Christians

Castro, D., Another face of empire : Bartolomé de Las Casas, indigenous rights, and ecclesiastical imperialism (Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2007).

Clayton, L. A., ‘Bartolomé de las Casas and the African Slave Trade’, History compass. 7 (2009), 1526-41.

Clayton, L. A., Bartolomé de las Casas and the conquest of the Americas (Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2011).

Clayton, L. A., Bartolomé de las Casas : a biography (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012).

Hanke, L., All mankind is one : a study of the disputation between Bartolomé de Las Casas and Juan Ginés de Sepúlveda in 1550 on the intellectual and religious capacity of the American Indians (DeKalb: Northern Illinois University Press, 1974).

Muldoon, J., Popes, lawyers, and infidels : the church and the non-Christian world, 1250-1550 (Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 1979).

Pagden, A., The fall of natural man : the American Indian and the origins of comparative ethnology (Cambridge; Cambridge University Press, 1982) - chapter 4. (E). Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva

Patricia Seed, P., ‘“Are These Not Also Men? ” The Indians’ Humanity and Capacity for Spanish Civilisation’, Journal of Latin American studies. 25:3 (1993), 629-52.

Pennington, K., ‘Bartolome de Las Casas and the Tradition of Medieval Law’, Church history : studies in Christianity and culture. 39:2 (1970), 149-61.

Tierney, B., ‘Natural Law and Natural Rights: old problems and recent approaches’, The review of politics. 64:3 (2002), 389-406.

Wagner, H. R., The life and writings of Bartolomé de las Casas (Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 1967).

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Justifying the Conquest

Abulafia, D., The discovery of mankind : Atlantic encounters in the age of Columbus (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2008) - chapter 22.

Delaney, C., ‘Columbus’s ultimate goal: Jerusalem’, Comparative studies in society and history. 48 (2006), 260-92.

Hanke, L., The Spanish Struggle for Justice in the Conquest of America (Washington DC: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1949).

Kadir, D., Columbus and the ends of the earth : Europe's prophetic rhetoric as conquering ideology (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1992).

Muldoon, J., Popes, lawyers, and infidels : the church and the non-Christian world, 1250-1550 (Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 1979).

Seed, P., Ceremonies of possession in Europe's conquest of the New World, 1492-1640 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1995).

Sweet, L. I., 'Christopher Columbus and the millennial vision of the New World', The Catholic historical review. 72 (1986), 369-82.

Watts, P. M., ‘Prophecy and discovery: on the spiritual origins of Christopher Columbus’s ‘Enterprise of the Indies’, The American historical review. 90 (1985), 73-102.

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The Significance of 1492

Altman, I., ‘The Contact of Cultures: Perspectives on the Quincentenary’, The American historical review. 99 (1994), 478-503.

Axtell, J., ‘Moral Reflections on the Columbian Legacy’, History Teacher 25:4 (1992), 407-25.

Kubal, T., Cultural movements and collective memory : Christopher Columbus and the rewriting of the national origin myth (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2008). (E).

O’Gorman, E., The invention of America : an inquiry into the historical nature of the New World and the meaning of its history. (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1961).

Sale, K., The conquest of Paradise : Christopher Columbus and the Columbian legacy (New York: Hodder & Stoughton, 1990).

Verlinden, C. H., The beginnings of modern colonization : eleven essays with an introduction (Cornell: Cornell University Press, 1970).

This list was last updated on 17/01/2020