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Latin American Studies

Fall 2008

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014. Migration Narratives: Writers of the Caribbean
Jarrett Brown M 1:00 - 2:25, W 1:00 - 2:25
International as well as intra-national, geographical as well as psychological, migratory movement is a powerful theme that offers explanations for modernity, memory, identity, and transnationalism. Examines selected writers engaged primarily with Caribbean migratory experience. Authors may include Samuel Selvon, The Lonely Londoners; Claude McKay; Jamaica Kincaid, Lucy; Toni Morrison, Jazz; Caryll Phillips, A Distant Shore; V. S. Naipaul; Dionne Brand, In Another Place, Not Here; and Edwidge Danticat, Farming of Bones.

138. Music of the Caribbean
Anthony Perman M 2:30 - 3:55, W 2:30 - 3:55
Surveys various musical traditions of the Caribbean, paying attention to the relation between sociohistorical context and artistic practice. Organized by geographic region, but addresses such larger issues as colonialism, nationalism, race, gender, and class.

205. Advanced Spanish
Nadia Celis T 10:00 - 11:25, TH 10:00 - 11:25
The study of a variety of journalistic and literary texts and visual media, together with an advanced grammar review, designed to increase written and oral proficiency, as well as appreciation of the cultural history of the Spanish-speaking world. Foundational course for the major. Three class hours per week and one weekly conversation session with assistant.

205. Advanced Spanish
Enrique Yepes T 1:00 - 2:25, TH 1:00 - 2:25
The study of a variety of journalistic and literary texts and visual media, together with an advanced grammar review, designed to increase written and oral proficiency, as well as appreciation of the cultural history of the Spanish-speaking world. Foundational course for the major. Three class hours per week and one weekly conversation session with assistant.

205. Advanced Spanish
John Turner M 2:30 - 3:55, W 2:30 - 3:55
The study of a variety of journalistic and literary texts and visual media, together with an advanced grammar review, designed to increase written and oral proficiency, as well as appreciation of the cultural history of the Spanish-speaking world. Foundational course for the major. Three class hours per week and one weekly conversation session with assistant.

206. Francophone Cultures
Hanetha Vete-Congolo M 11:30 - 12:55, W 11:30 - 12:55
An introduction to the cultures of various French-speaking regions outside of France. Examines the history, politics, customs, cinema, literature, and arts of the Francophone world, principally Africa and the Caribbean. Readings include newspaper and magazine articles, short stories, and a novel. Students see and discuss television news, documentaries, and feature films.

209. Introduction to Hispanic Studies: Poetry and Theater
Enrique Yepes T 10:00 - 11:25, TH 10:00 - 11:25
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.

210. Introduction to Hispanic Studies: Essay and Narrative
Nadia Celis T 1:00 - 2:25, TH 1:00 - 2:25
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.

235. The Economy of Latin America
Julian Diaz T 11:30 - 12:55, TH 11:30 - 12:55
This course analyzes selected economic issues of Latin America in the 20th century (and into the 21st century as well). Issues covered include the Import Substitution Industrialization strategy, the Debt Crisis of the 1980s, stabilization programs, trade liberalization and economic integration, inflation and hyperinflation in the region and poverty and inequality. Important economic episodes of the past three decades such as the Mexican Crisis of 1994-1995, the Chilean Economic Miracle, dollarization in Ecuador, and the recent crisis in Argentina will also be examined.

237. Gender and Family in Latin America
Krista Van Vleet T 11:30 - 12:55, TH 11:30 - 12:55
Focuses on family, gender, and sexuality as windows onto political, economic, social, and cultural issues in Latin America. Topics include indigenous and natural gender ideologies, marriage, race, and class; machismo and masculinity; state and domestic violence; religion and reproductive control; compulsory heterosexuality; AIDS; and cross-cultural conceptions of homosexuality. Takes a comparative perspective and draws on a wide array of sources including ethnography, film, fiction, and historical narrative.

252. Colonial Latin America
Allen Wells T 10:00 - 11:25, TH 10:00 - 11:25
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.

254. Contemporary Argentina
Allen Wells T 1:00 - 2:25, TH 1:00 - 2:25
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.

268. Representing Slavery in the Americas
P. Foreman T 8:30 - 9:55, TH 8:30 - 9:55
In this writing intensive class we will examine slave narratives and anti-slavery novels from the United States and Cuba (where almost all of the nineteenth-century writings in Spanish originated). We will situate these works in their historical and literary contexts and explore the ways in which authors enter politically charged debates about slavery, gender and sexuality. We will be reading some of the most important, influential, and sometimes infamous books of the era. Authors include the orator, editor and statesmen, Frederick Douglass, the enslaved poet Juan Manzano, the feisty narrator Esteban Montejo, Martin Delany, known as the father of Black nationalism as well as the once enslaved authors and activists Harriet Jacobs and Louisa Picquet and Jamaica's famous woman warrior, Nanny. Spanish speakers will be encouraged to read primary texts and criticism in Spanish.

340. River Plate Writers
Carolyne Wolfenzon Niego M 2:30 - 3:55, W 2:30 - 3:55
Studies nineteenth- and twentieth-century Argentinian and Uruguayan authors, focusing on the political and historical contexts in which they created their fictional works. Main course topics will include the representation of the city in Southern Cone literature, the relationship between fiction and visual arts during the twentieth century, and the discourses of political identity in Argentina and Uruguay. Authors will include Esteban Echevarría, Domingo Faustino Sarmiento, Roberto Arlt, Silvina Ocampo, Jorge Luis Borges, Adolfo Bioy Casares, Luisa Valenzuela, Ricardo Piglia, Juan Carlos Onetti, among others.

341. Colonial Experience and Post-colonial Perspectives
Esmeralda Ulloa T 2:30 - 3:55, TH 2:30 - 3:55
A contextualized study of key texts from the Colonial period with special attention to the way in which our historical and ideological distance informs our readings. How do contemporary scholarship on the concepts of history, text, and power enhance or limit our understanding? Texts include letters and journals of the conquistadors, mestizo narratives of lost empires and cultures, treatises on the legal status of the natives, and narratives of shipwreck and adventure in the New World, among others.