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Latin American Studies – Courses

First-Year Seminars

For a full description of first-year seminars, see the First-Year Seminar section.

1026 b. The Borderlands of United States Empire: Puerto Rican Histories and Identities. Fall 2014. Melissa Rosario. (Same as Anthropology 1026.)

1044 c. The Historical and Contemporary Maya. Spring 2015. Allen Wells. (Same as History 1044.)

Introductory, Intermediate, and Advanced Courses

1300 {130} c - IP. Introduction to the Arts of Ancient Mexico and Peru. Spring 2015. Susan Wegner.

A chronological survey of the arts created by major cultures of ancient Mexico and Peru. Mesoamerican cultures studied include the Olmec, Teotihuacan, the Maya, and the Aztec up through the arrival of the Europeans. South American cultures such as Chavin, Naca, and Inca are examined. Painting, sculpture, and architecture considered in the context of religion and society. Readings in translation include Mayan myth and chronicles of the conquest. (Same as Latin American Studies 1300 {130}.)

1337 {137} c - ESD, VPA. CuBop, Up-Rock, Boogaloo, and Banda: Latinos Making Music in the United States. Fall 2014. Michael Birenbaum Quintero.

Surveys the musical styles of Latinos in the United States. Discusses the role of these styles in articulating race, class, gender, and sexual identities for US Latinos, their circulation along migration routes, their role in identity politics and ethnic marketing, their commercial crossover to Anglo audiences, and Latin/o contributions to jazz, funk, doo-wop, disco, and hip-hop. Case studies may include Mexican-American/Chicano, Puerto Rican/Nuyorican, and Cuban-American styles; Latin music in golden age Hollywood; Latin dance crazes from mambo to the Macarena; rock en español; the early 2000s boom of Latin artists like Shakira, Enrique Iglesias, and Jennifer Lopez; reggaetón, race politics, and the creation of the “Hurban” market; and the transnational Latin music industries of Los Angeles, New York, and Miami. (Same as Music 1269 {137}.)

[2005 {250} c - ESD. The Making of a Race: Latino Fictions. (Same as English 2570 {250} and Spanish 2505 {250}.)]

2104 {266} c - IP. History of Mexico. Spring 2016. Allen Wells.

A survey of Mexican history from pre-Columbian times to the present. Topics include the evolving character of indigenous societies, the nature of the Encounter, the colonial legacy, the chaotic nineteenth century, the Mexican Revolution, and United States-Mexican relations. Contemporary problems are also addressed. (Same as History 2404 {266}.)

[2110 {221} c. Beyond Capoeira: History and Politics of Afro-Brazilian Culture. (Same as Africana Studies 2210 {210} and History 2871 {200}.)]

2161 {254} c. Contemporary Argentina. Spring 2016. Allen Wells.

Seminar. Texts, novels, and films help unravel Argentine history and culture. Topics examined include the image of the gaucho and national identity; the impact of immigration; Peronism; the tango; the Dirty War; and the elusive struggle for democracy, development, and social justice. (Same as History 2861 {254}.)

2162 c. The Haitian Revolution and its Legacy. Fall 2014. Allen Wells.

Seminar. Examines one of the most neglected revolutions in history and arguably one of its most significant. The first half of the course treats the Revolution’s causes and tracks its evolution between 1791-1804. The second part studies its aftermath and its impact on Haiti, the Caribbean, Latin America, Europe, Africa, and the United States. (Same as Africana Studies 2862 and History 2862.)

Prerequisite: One course in history or Latin American studies, or permission of the instructor.

2170 c -IP. History of Brazil. Fall 2014. Laura Premack.

A survey of Brazilian history from colonization through the present day. Topics include colonial encounter between Africans, Portuguese, and indigenous peoples; transitions from colony to empire to republic; slavery and its legacy; formation of Brazilian national identity; and contemporary issues in modern Brazil. Particular attention paid to race, religion, and culture. (Same as History 2270.)

[2180 {236} c - ESD. Borderlands and Empires in Early North America. (Same as Environmental Studies 2425 {235} and History 2180 {235}.)]

2205 {205} c. Advanced Spanish. Every semester. Fall 2014. Elena Cueto Asín, Margaret Boyle, and Enrique Yepes. Spring 2015. Nadia V. Celis and Carolyn Wolfenzon.

Studies topics in the political and cultural history of the Spanish-speaking world in the twentieth century, together with an advanced grammar review. Covers a variety of texts and media and is designed to increase written and oral proficiency, as well as appreciation of the intellectual and artistic traditions of Spain and Latin America. Foundational course for the major. Three class hours per week and one weekly conversation session with assistant. (Same as Spanish 2305 {205}.)

Prerequisite: Spanish 2204 {204} or placement in Spanish 2305 {205}.

2211 {213} c - ESD, IP. Introduction to the Study and Criticism of Francophone Literature. Every spring. Spring 2015. Hanétha Vété-Congolo.

Introduces students to the literary tradition of the Francophone world. Focuses on major authors and literary movements in historical and cultural context. Conducted in French. (Same as Africana Studies 2411 {209} and French 2411 {211}.)

Prerequisite: French 2305 {205} or higher, or permission of the instructor.

2401 {252} c - IP. Colonial Latin America. Fall 2014. Allen Wells.

Introduces students to the history of Latin America from pre-Columbian times to about 1825. Traces developments fundamental to the establishment of colonial rule, drawing out regional comparisons of indigenous resistance and accommodation. Topics include the nature of indigenous societies encountered by Europeans; exploitation of African and Indian labor; evangelization and the role of the church; the evolution of race, gender, and class hierarchies in colonial society; and the origins of independence in Spanish America and Brazil. Note: This course fulfills the pre-modern requirement for history majors. (Same as History 2401 {252}.)

2402 {255} c - IP. Modern Latin America. Fall 2015. Allen Wells.

Traces the principal economic, social, and political transformations from the wars of independence to the present. Topics include colonial legacies and the aftermath of independence, the consolidation of nation-states and their insertion in the world economy, the evolution of land and labor systems, the politics of reform and revolution, and the emergence of social movements. (Same as History 2402 {255}.)

2403 {258} c - IP. Latin American Revolutions. Spring 2015. Allen Wells.

Examines revolutionary change in Latin America from a historical perspective, concentrating on four cases of attempted revolutionary change—Cuba, Chile, Nicaragua, and Venezuela. Popular images and orthodox interpretations are challenged and new propositions about these processes are tested. External and internal dimensions of each of these social movements are analyzed and each revolution is discussed in the full context of the country’s historical development. (Same as History 2403 {258}.)

2407 {206} c - ESD, IP. Francophone Cultures. Every fall. Fall 2014. Hanétha Vété-Congolo.

An introduction to the cultures of various French-speaking regions outside of France. Examines the history, politics, customs, cinema, and the arts of the Francophone world, principally Africa and the Caribbean. Increases cultural understanding prior to study abroad in French-speaking regions. (Same as Africana Studies 2407 {207} and French 2407 {207}.)

Prerequisite: French 2305 {205} or higher, placement in French 2407 {207}, or permission of the instructor.

2409 {209} c - IP. Introduction to Hispanic Studies: Poetry and Theater. Every semester. Fall 2014. Gustavo Faverón Patriau. Spring 2015. Elena Cueto Asín and Enrique Yepes.

A chronological introduction to the cultural production of the Spanish-speaking world from pre-Columbian times to the present, with particular emphasis on the analysis of poetry and theater. Examines major literary works and movements in their historical and cultural context. One weekly workshop with assistant in addition to class time. Conducted in Spanish. (Same as Spanish 2409 {209}.)

Prerequisite: Spanish 2305 {205} (same as Latin American Studies 2205 {205}) or permission of the instructor.

2410 {210} c - IP. Introduction to Hispanic Studies: Essay and Narrative. Every semester. Fall 2014. Nadia V. Celis and Carolyn Wolfenzon. Spring 2015. Gustavo Faverón Patriau.

A chronological introduction to the cultural production of the Spanish-speaking world from pre-Columbian times to the present, with particular emphasis on the analysis of essay and narrative. Examines major literary works and movements in their historical and cultural context. (Same as Spanish 2410 {210}.)

Prerequisite: Spanish 2305 {205} (same as Latin American Studies 2205 {205}) or permission of the instructor.

2626 {226} b - IP. Political Economy of Pan-Americanism. Fall 2014. Stephen Meardon.

Examines programs for economic and political integration of the Americas from the early nineteenth century to the present. Surveys the material and ideological motives for Pan-Americanism from the Congress of Panama (1826) to the Organization of American States (1948), the draft of a Free Trade Area of the Americas (2001), and beyond. Different forms of integration are evaluated in light of historical consequences and economic ideas. (Same as Economics 2226 {226}.)

Prerequisite: Economics 1101 {101} or placement above Economics 1101 {101}.

2720 b - ESD. Latinas and Latinos in the United States. Spring 2015. Marcos Lopez.

Latinas/os are the largest minority group in the United States. Analyzes the Latina/o experience in the United States, with special focus on migration, incorporation, and strategies for economic and social empowerment. Explores diversity within the US Latina/o community by drawing on comparative lessons from Cuban-American, Puerto Rican, Dominican, Chicano/Mexican, and Central American patterns of economic participation, political mobilization, and cultural integration. (Same as Sociology 2320.)

Prerequisite: Sociology 1101 {101} or Anthropology 1101 {101}, or permission of the instructor.

[2724 {223} b - ESD. Religion and Social Transformation in South America. (Same as Anthropology 2723 {224}.)

2725 b - ESD, IP. Global Politics of Work. Fall 2014. Marcos Lopez.

Globally, a large portion of life is devoted to work. The type of work that people perform reflects global inequalities. Introduces the history of wage-labor and theoretical concepts used to understand the shifting dimensions of work and its implication for the global workforce. Particular focus on labor in the US, Latin America, and Asia; manufacturing and service work; migration and labor trafficking; the body as the site for transforming labor in wage-labor; and forms of labor resistance. (Same as Sociology 2225.)

Prerequisite: Sociology 1101 {101} or Anthropology 1101 {101}.

2735 b - IP. Contemporary Haiti. Spring 2015. Greg Beckett.

Examines contemporary Haitian culture and society in the context of a prolonged series of crises and international interventions. Focuses on the democratic transition of the late twentieth century and the recent humanitarian intervention in the wake of a series of natural disasters. Considers the historical roots of the Haitian crisis with a particular focus on Haiti’s marginalization within the world system. Explores the relationship between Haiti and the international community, especially the role of nongovernmental organizations, humanitarian organizations, and international institutions in the everyday lives of Haitians. (Same as Africana Studies 2735 and Anthropology 2735.)

Prerequisite: One of the following: Anthropology 1101 {101}, Sociology 1101 {101}, or Africana Studies 1101 {101}.

2738 {238} b - IP. Culture and Power in the Andes. Fall 2014. Krista Van Vleet.

Explores the anthropology and history of the Andes, focusing on questions of cultural transformation and continuity among Native Andeans. Examines ethnography, popular culture, and current events of Bolivia, Ecuador, and Peru. Topics include the Inca state and Spanish colonization; Native Andean family and community life; subsistence economies; gender, class, and ethnic inequalities and social movements; domestic and state violence; religion; tourism; coca and cocaine production; and migration. (Same as Anthropology 2729{238}.)

Prerequisite: Anthropology 1101 {101} or permission of the instructor.

[2746 {246} b. Immigration and the Politics of Exclusion. (Same as Sociology 2370 {237}.)]

2771 {277} b. Children and Youth in Global Perspective. Spring 2015. Krista Van Vleet.

Explores research on children as a window into issues of individual agency and social, political, and economic inequality in the contemporary world. Children move between families, communities, and nations; claim belonging to divergent communities; create distinct identities; and navigate hierarchies. Highlights the circulation of children as structured by broad relationships of power. Forefronts youth as social actors. Considers culturally specific notions of childhood and methodological and ethical implications of research with children. Topics include adoption, migration, human trafficking, child labor, tourism, and social movements in the Americas, Asia, Oceania, and/or Africa. (Same as Anthropology 2371 {277}.)

Prerequisite: Anthropology 1101 {101} or Sociology 1101 {101}, or permission of the instructor.

[2774 b. The Borderlands of United States Empire: Puerto Rican Identities and Histories. (Same as Anthropology 2274.)]

2970–2973 c. Intermediate Independent Study in Latin American Studies. The Program.

[3005 {305} c - ESD. The Making of a Race: Latino Fictions. (Same as English 2571 {221} and Spanish 3005 {305}.)]

3101 {352} c. The Mexican Revolution. Fall 2015. Allen Wells.

An examination of the Mexican Revolution (1910–1920) and its impact on modern Mexican society. Topics include the role of state formation since the revolution, agrarian reform, United States-Mexican relations, immigration, and other border issues. (Same as History 3401 {351}.)

3103 {356} c. The Cuban Revolution. Fall 2016. Allen Wells.

The Cuban Revolution recently celebrated its fiftieth anniversary. Offers a retrospective of a revolution entering “middle age” and its prospects for the future. Topics include United States-Cuban relations, economic and social justice versus political liberty, gender and race relations, and literature and film in a socialist society. (Same as History 3403 {356}.)

3171 b. Latin American–United States Relations. Fall 2014. Joseph S. Tulchin.

Seminar. Enhances understanding of Latin America by examining the foreign relations of the nations in the hemisphere with a special focus on relations with the United States. Begins with independence and concludes with the contemporary struggle by the nations in the region for autonomy in the international system. Class discussions explore weekly readings. Participants should have some background in the history of the United States and Latin America. Students are expected to write an original research paper. (Same as Government 3901 and History 3271.)

[3202 {302} c. The Idea of Latin America. (Same as Spanish 3002 {302}.)]

[3211 c. Bringing the Female Maroon to Memory: Female Marronage and Douboutism in the Caribbean. (Same as French 3211, Gender and Women’s Studies 3211, and Latin American Studies 3211.)]

3218 {318} c. A Journey around Macondo: García Márquez and His Contemporaries. Spring 2015. Nadia Celis.

Studies the main topics, techniques, and contributions of Colombian Nobel Prize winner Gabriel García Márquez as presented in One Hundred Years of Solitude. Explores the actual locations, social, cultural and literary trends that inspired the creation of Macondo, the so-called “village of the world” where the novel takes place, and the universal themes to which this imaginary town relates. Contemporary authors include Fuenmayor, Cepeda Samudio, and Rojas Herazo. (Same as Spanish 3218 {318}.)

Prerequisite: Two of the following: Spanish 2409 {209} (same as Latin American Studies 2409 {209}), 2410 {210} (same as Latin American Studies 2410 {210}), 3200 {310} or higher; or permission of the instructor.

3219 c. Letters from the Asylum: Madness and Representation in Latin American Fiction. Fall 2014. Gustavo Faverón Patriau.

Explores the concept of madness and the varying representations of mental illness in twentieth-century Latin American fiction. Readings include short stories and novels dealing with the issues of schizophrenia, paranoia, and psychotic behavior by authors such as Horacio Quiroga, Jorge Luis Borges, Cristina Rivera Garza, and Carlos Fuentes. Also studies the ways in which certain authors draw from the language and symptoms of schizophrenia and paranoia in order to construct the narrative format of their works and in order to enhance their representation of social, political, and historical conjunctures. Authors include Diamela Eltit, Ricardo Piglia, César Aira, and Roberto Bolaño. (Same as Spanish 3219 {319}.)

Prerequisite: Two of the following: Spanish 2409 {209} (same as Latin American Studies 2409 {209}), 2410 {210} (same as Latin American Studies 2410 {210}), 3200 {310} or higher; or permission of the instructor.

3223 {323} c. The War of the (Latin American) Worlds. Fall 2014. Carolyn Wolfenzon.

Discusses the historical, social, and political consequences of the clash between tradition and modernity in Latin America during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries as seen through novels, short stories, and film. Particular attention given to the ways in which the processes of modernization have caused the coexistence of divergent “worlds” within Latin American countries. Analyzes different social and political reactions to these conflictive realities, focusing on four cases: the Mexican Revolution, the Cuban Revolution, the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet in Chile, and Andean insurgencies in Perú. Authors may include José Martí, Simón Bolívar, Jorge Luis Borges, Roberto Bolaño, Mario Vargas Llosa, Cromwell Jara, Elena Poniatowska, Reinaldo Arenas, Juan Rulfo, and Gabriel García Márquez, among others. (Same as Spanish 3223 {323}.)

Prerequisite: Two of the following: Spanish 2409 {209} (same as Latin American Studies 2409 {209}), 2410 {210} (same as Latin American Studies 2410 {210}), 3200 {310} or higher; or permission of the instructor.

[3226 {326} c. A Body “of One’s Own”: Latina and Caribbean Women Writers. (Same as Gender and Women’s Studies 3326 {326} and Spanish 3226 {326}.)]

3232 {332} c. Poetry and Social Activism in Latin America. Fall 2014. Enrique Yepes.

Considers the aesthetic and thematic problems posed by socially committed poetry during the last 100 years in Spanish America, from the avant-garde to the present. Authors include Mistral, Vallejo, Neruda, Guillén, Cardenal, Belli, and Dalton, among others. (Same as Spanish 3232 {332}.)

Prerequisite: Two of the following: Spanish 2409 {209} (same as Latin American Studies 2409 {209}), 2410 {210} (same as Latin American Studies 2410 {210}), 3200 {310} or higher; or permission of the instructor.

[3237 {337} c. Hispanic Short Story. (Same as Spanish 3237 {337}.)]

[3239 {339} c. Borges and the Borgesian. (Same as Spanish 3239{339}.)]

[3243 {343} c. Imaginary Cities/Real Cities in Latin America. (Same as Spanish 3243 {343}.)]

[3245 {345} c. Ecological Thought in Latin American Literature. (Same as Environmental Studies 2485 {285} and Spanish 3245 {345}.)]

[3711 {311} b - ESD, IP. Global Sexualities/Local Desires. (Same as Anthropology 3100 {313}, Gay and Lesbian Studies 3100 {313}, and Gender and Women’s Studies 3100 {313}.)]

4000–4001 {401–402} c. Advanced Independent Study and Honors in Latin American Studies. The Program.

4029 {405} c. Advanced Collaborative Study in Latin American Studies. The Program.

4050–4051 c. Honors Project in Latin American Studies. The Program.


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