Dr. Constance G. Janiga-Perkins is currently on the Spanish Faculty of the Department of Modern Languages and Classics of the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa. She received her Ph.D. from Indiana University, Bloomington. Dr. Janiga-Perkins has written numerous articles and a book on Brazilian colonial texts.
2007 0-7734-5380-6 This critical study examines various readings of Ramón Pané’s Relación acerca de las antigüedades de los indios (c. 1498), telling the story of the multiple layered readings of the 1974 version of the text put together by José Juan Arrom. The original, written by Fray Ramón Pané, a young brother from the Convent of Saint Jerome de la Murta in Badalona, Spain who sailed with Christopher Columbus on his second voyage to the New World, offers a glimpse into the earliest moments of Europe’s encounter with the New World. The centuries of reading to which this work has been subjected have shaped its interpretation and translation as individuals from different times, places, and cultures have tried to associate with those things described in the text while also reflecting on themselves, producing an autoethnography.