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Not offered in the period between 13F and 14S
This interdisciplinary course introduces students to the geographical conditions, historical roots, and enduring cultural diversity of Latin America and the Caribbean. After a brief survey of the physical and cultural geography of the region, the course examines the history of selected countries to highlight the way European conquest and colonialism have molded Latin American institutions and attitudes. The course then turns to particular case studies of contemporary life and society to analyze the ongoing problems of ethnicity, inequality, and political repression engendered by the region's colonial past. Finally, the course draws on these historical and anthropological understandings to assess recent economic, social, and political developments in Latin America. By juxtaposing historical realities with their living consequences, the course presents a multi-disciplinary perspective on the nature, dynamics -- and future prospects -- of the many peoples who inhabit this vast and diverse continent. Dist: SOC; WCult: NW. Baldez.
The Spanish discovery and conquest of this continent created Latin America and the Caribbean out of the diverse and complex realities of the pre-Columbian world. Since colonial times Latin American and Caribbean cultures have developed against a background of cultural repression, racial conflict, political domination, colonial exploitation, and gender inequality. And yet, in the midst of all this turmoil, Latin America and the Caribbean has produced an extraordinary variety and wealth of artistic creations, ranging from literature to the visual arts, from music to film. In this course we will turn to some of the works by Latin American and Caribbean artists and writers in an attempt to illuminate and explore some of the wonders of the cultural dynamics that shape the many faces of what we call Latin America. Dist: LIT; WCult: NW. Bueno, Walker .
From Conquest to Colony, to Independence, and on to the modern republics, Latin American political conflict has been conducted through textual battles as much as through physical ones. Testimonio, or the intertwining of appeals to justice in the public sphere, the personal, and the literary in historical accounts, persists as a significant mode of contemporary expression in Latin America. It claims to tell the truth about historical events and conflicts, yet it also demands an active, ethical, personal response from readers, courts, and governments. Its generic indeterminacy dares readers to challenge its truths. Dist: LIT; WCult: NW. Biron and Hernandez.
Although rarely considered even among the subgenres of the region, Latin American authors have depicted the promises of future scientific discoveries from across the gamit, from the celebration of its promises to society, as in the case of Mexican poet German List Arzubide's Troka the Powerful, to the dystopian depiction of Horacio Quiroga's artificial man. Whether in human form as in the case of these robots or as a future technology, these literary depictions parallel science fiction in the US, but also write these themes differently. This class will examine some of the founding works of Latin American science fiction, as it has been recently "retrolabeled" as well as contemporary explorations of the genre. Herr.
Violence, death, sex, disability, race, gender, poverty, and politics were regarded as unthinkable, untreatable, intolerable, or simply "offensive" in different times and regions in Latin America. This course will provide a critical and theoretical approach to textual and visual representations from the 19th century to the present, which have generated controversy over their depiction of these cultural topics. Images of destruction, pictures of war, or paintings excluded by the mainstream culture will be used to familiarize the students with the production and consumption of visual and textual culture and the ethics of representation. The goal of the course is, first, to introduce students to Visual Culture/Studies in Latin America, second, to problematize the relation between representation and culture, and finally, to evaluate the implication of these topics [violence, sex, race, gender, disability, etc...]in relation to power, knowledge, and ethics in Latin American culture. Dist: INT; WCult: NW. Diaz.
With the emergence of filmmakers such as Alejandro Iñárritu (México), Lucrecia Martel (Argentina), and José Padilha (Brazil), the last decade has seen a creative boom in Latin American cinema that includes art house cinema, blockbusters, documentary, and experimental film. Beginning with a quick overview of key forerunners, this course will focus on the major directors, genres and aesthetic trends that characterize the new Latin American cinema. We will also pay attention to the role film festivals—such as the Havana Film cinema, BAFICI in Buenos Aires, and the Berlin Film Festival—have played in promoting Latin American films. Dist. INT. Spitta.
Mexico City once the capital of New Spain overlies the remains of Tenochtitlan, capital of the Aztec empire. This course examines the development of the Aztec empire, the organization of Aztec society and religion, and the Spanish conquest of the Aztec. It ends with an introduction to Nahua society in the first century after conquest. We will also consider the varied perspectives of Aztec history offered by Nahua texts, archaeology, history, and art history. (ARCH) Dist: SOC; WCult: NW. Nichols.
Mesoamerica, the area encompassing Mexico and northern Central America, provided the setting for two major transformations in human history: the development of maize agriculture and the emergence of cities and states. The legacy of those achievements is still evident today among contemporary Latin American societies. We begin with an examination of how people first occupied Mesoamerica during the Ice Age and discuss the development of agriculture and early villages that laid the foundations for the evolution of Mesoamerica's earliest complex societies, including the Olmecs. We then the explore the Classic civilizations of Teotihuacan, Monte Albán, and the Maya. The course ends with an overview of the Postclassic city-states and kingdoms of the Toltecs, Mixtecs, and Maya and the Aztec empire at the time of the Spanish Conquest. Dist: SOC; WCult: NW. Nichols.
When Francisco Pizarro led an expeditionary force into the Andean highlands in 1532, the Incas ruled the largest native empire to develop anywhere in the Americas. The Incas ruled millions of subjects living across one of the most diverse regions of the planet, and they left behind impressive material remains that speak to their organizational and technological abilities. This course will explore how Inca civilization developed, and how the Incas grew from a small highland state into a mighty empire, and how a small number of Spaniards and their allies were able to bring the Inca dynasty to an end. We will read accounts of the Incas written in the first years of Spanish colonial rule, and will also review the latest archaeological discoveries. Covey.
Not offered in the period between 12X through 14X.
This survey course introduces students to Mexican muralism. Students will learn about the fresco technique and how to visually analyze a mural. We will consider the following themes: cultural nationalism; art and class politics; the legacy of muralism in the U.S.; the ethics of aesthetic indigenism; and the gender politics of public art. Student projects will concentrate on Jose Clemente Orozco's mural at Dartmouth College. Dist: ART. Coffey.
This interdisciplinary course investigates how Afro-descendants in the Americas have forged social,political, and cultural ties across geopolitical and linguistic boundaries. Drawing on recent scholarship inthe fields of history, African Diaspora Studies, and Latin American Studies, we will interrogate the transnational dialogue among US African Americans and Afro-Latin Americans using case studies from Brazil, Cuba, Haiti, and Puerto Rico. We will explore how black activists from the United States have partnered with people of color in Latin America and the Caribbean to challenge racism and economicinequality, while also considering why efforts to mobilize Afro-descendants across the Americas have often been undermined by mutual misunderstandings, conflicting agendas, and differing conceptions of“race” and “nation.” Goldthree.
Although often cast as marginal in Western thought, Haiti holds a central place in the history of the modern world. This course examines the tension between Haiti's worldly significance and current predicament by drawing on studies of Haiti within the anthropology of the "Black Atlantic", or African diaspora, and globalization studies. Students will acquire a historical understanding of Haitian society and culture and an enriched perspective on the country's social problems. Independent research is required. Dist. SOC; WCult: CI. Kivland.
Not offered in the period between 13F and 14S.
In this course we ask: Who are Afro-descendant? How do development institutions accommodate and contest Afro-descendant development claims? In which ways are race, gender and class ideologies embedded in development practice? Are human rights a priority for International Development policy? Mollett.
This course examines women's movements in Latin America. Women in Latin America are perhaps the most highly mobilized population in the world. Throughout the region women have organized around myriad issues, including the right to vote, human rights, poverty, legal rights, anticommunism, the workplace, race, ethnicity and war. Women's efforts to challenge fiercely repressive regimes, deeply entrenched norms of machismo and extreme poverty defy conventional stereotypes about women and provide us with inspiring examples of how to sustain hope during difficult times. The seminar will introduce students to recent scholarship on women's movements in Latin America in the 20th century and seek to understand the emergence, evolution and outcomes of women's movements in particular countries and crossnationally. Dist: SOC; WCult: NW. Baldez.
Not offered in the period between 13F and 15X
For many people, Che Guevara remains the key symbol of protest in Latin America. His passionate belief in social justice, his refusal to compromise and the extraordinary personal sacrifices he made on behalf of the poor all contribute to his enduring legacy. While this legacy continues to inspire people to engage in protest and revolutionary movements, it does little to help us understand the conditions under which organized movements will succeed in their goals-or even form in the first place. Under what conditions do people organize on behalf of their collective interests? We compare revolutionary movements, social movements, political parties and other forms at political action in various countries throughout the region. Dist: SOC or INT; WCult:NW. Baldez.
The islands of the Caribbean have served as the site for two of the most significant revolutionary upheavals of the modern era—the Haitian Revolution and the Cuban Revolution—and have produced anti-colonial luminaries such as José Marti, Frantz Fanon, Marcus Garvey, and Claudia Jones. This course will explore the origin, trajectory, and outcome of nationalist struggles in the Caribbean from the eighteenth-century to the present through primary and secondary materials, memoirs, fiction, and film. Dist: SOC or INT: WCult: NW. Goldthree.
14S, 15S: 12
This course explores the history of African slavery in Latin America and the Caribbean from the beginning of the transatlantic slave trade in the sixteenth century to Brazilian emancipation in 1888. The lectures and assigned readings will focus on the lived experiences of enslaved Africans, while also examining the broader social, political, legal, and cultural context.We will trace the origins of chattel slavery in colonial Latin America and the Caribbean, and analyze the development of the transatlantic slave trade, which brought over nine million Africans to the region. Then, in the second unit of the course, we will explore the complex social and cultural worlds that enslaved Africans, indigenous peoples, and Europeans created in an environment marked by profound inequalities. We will also investigate the various ways in which enslaved laborers, free women and men of color, and abolitionists challenged the institution of slavery. In the final unit of the course, we will examine the rise of abolitionism, the end of chattel slavery, and the difficult task of forging free and egalitarian societies from the ashes of slavery. Dist: INT or SOC; WCult: NW. Goldthree.
This course surveys the major issues that have shaped Caribbean society from the late 19th century to the present, including: imperialism, urbanization, migration and globalization, struggles for national independence, the transition from plantation to tourism-based economies, and the global spread of Caribbean popular culture. Our readings and discussions will focus on the historical trajectories of Cuba, Haiti, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, Trinidad, and the Dominican Republic using historical scholarship, music, literature, film, and personal narratives. Dist: INT or SOC; WCult: NW. Goldthree.
The abolition of slavery and the struggle for rights and citizenship among formerly enslaved peoples is a central part of the history of Latin America and the Caribbean as well as the U.S. In this course we will focus on the transition from slavery to freedom in the United States, Brazil, and Cuba as we read the works of the Afro-Brazilian writer Machado de Assis, the African American writer Charles W. Chesnutt and the Afro-Cuban poet Nicolás Guillén. We will explore the different ways each author represents issues of race and citizenship from abolition through the first decades of the post slavery period. By reading across national boundaries and bringing together history and literature, we will be able to examine how an African diasporic culture has developed across the Americas. Throughout the term we will explore theories of citizenship, cultural constructions of race and gender, issues of culture and diaspora, and the process of remembering and retelling the slave past. We will discuss the opportunities and limitations of comparative study of the Americas and how it might shape our understanding of the African diaspora. Dist: LIT;WCult: CI. Smolin.
Not offered in the period between 11F through 13X
This course will offer a general introduction to the history and major critical issues of Afro-Brazilian literature by focusing on the lives and works of key authors from the nineteenth century to the present. We will examine how Afro-Brazilian writers have expanded Brazilian literary discourse by challenging dominant cultural narratives of race and ethnicity. The course will also seek to place Afro-Brazilian literature within the context of African diasporic literatures of the Americas, particularly Afro-American literature of the United States. The course will introduce students to the extraordinary diversity of Afro-Brazilian narrative, with texts ranging from nineteenth-century poems written by a former slave to the 1997 novel that inspired the hit film City of God. The course will be taught in English and all texts will be available in translation. Dist.: Lit: WCult: CI. Smolin.
This course focuses on the contemporary literacy production by women of African ancestry in Brazil. The genres covered will be poetry, short story and novel. Students will engage selected literary texts focusing of issues such as slavery and race relations, the construction of family, class divisions and spatial marginality, industrialization, and gender and sexuality politics. Authors will include the likes of Conceição Evaristo and Miriam Alves, two of the most important contemporary Afro-Brazilian literary voices, among others. Dist.: Lit. Salgueiro.
This course will examine the work of a variety of Caribbean writers from former British colonies. We will look at several issues that reappear throughout the work of these authors. These concerns include(but are not limited to) notions of exile, the importance of language and music, the articulation of identity in varying post-colonial states, and representations of gender, race and ethnicity. The class will also analyze the socio-political events in particular nations and the ways in which these events influence writing in the archipelago. Furthermore, the course will explore shared cultural practices. For example, we will examine the ways in which a strong tradition of music as protest influences the production of particular poetic forms in Trinidad and Jamaica. The class will move from early twentieth century writers like Claude McKay to the important contributions of later writers such as Kamau Brathwaite, Jamaica Kincaid, George Lamming, V.S. Naipaul, Sam Selvon, Olive Senior and Derek Walcott. We will examine the more recent innovations in form, as musical elements are introduced by writers such as Mikey Smith and Kwame Dawes. Each week's readings will be supplemented with seminal critical writings including excerpts from the text The Empire Writes Back. Dist: LIT; WCult: CI. Vasquez.
From the Porfiriato and the Revolution to the present, a survey of Mexican society and politics, with emphasis on the connections between economic developments, social justice and political organization. Topics include fin de siécle modernization and the agrarian problem; causes and consequences of the Revolution of 1910; the making of the modern Mexican State; relations with the United States; industrialism and land reform; urbanization and migration; ethnicity, culture, and nationalism; neoliberalism and social inequality; the problems of political reform; and the zapatista rebellion in Chiapas. Open to all classes. Dist: SOC: WCult: NW. Padilla.
This course surveys works of art produced by Latin Americans during the twentieth century. We will approach this vast topic through case studies of the major figures and avant-garde movements in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Ecuador, Mexico, Peru, Puerto Rico, Uruguay, and the United States. We will examine how national identity, racial formation, class difference, gender inequality, political struggle, and state violence have been addressed by artists from the region and in diaspora. Dist: ART; WCult: CI. Coffey.
In 14W, LACS 80/AAAS 90.1: Identity and Power in the America's. This course looks at how different ideas about gender and race have shaped Latin American politics in the 20th and 21st centuries. We will focus on the evolution of these categories as the basis for political incorporation and representation over time, instances of collective mobilization around gender and race, the creation and impact of law and public policy, and political institutions as they relate to race and gender.
Dist: SOC or INT; WCult:NW. Baldez
Not offered 13F through 15F
This course will explore the history of popular struggles, political change and U.S. intervention in Central America. The region's rich and complex history has been marked both by repressive dictatorships and by struggles for national liberation, social justice and indigenous rights. We will look at the different factors that played a part in determining this history including commodity production, labor systems, U.S. foreign policy, race relations, liberation theology and revolution. Open to all classes. Dist: SOC; WCult: NW. Padilla .
All terms: Arrange
Students wishing to pursue intensive supervised study in some aspect of Latin American and Caribbean Studies should consult the appropriate member of the LACS faculty to design and carry out an independent study project. Students are required to submit a short description proposal to the program office in the term prior to doing the independent study. This course fulfills the 'culminating experience' requirement for all majors who do not complete the Honors Program.
Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.
All terms: Arrange
Guidance in the selection of a topic and in research and writing will be provided by the student's thesis adviser. Only students accepted into the Honors Program may take this sequence.
Not offered 13X through 14S
This course provides students with a critical overview of some of the most central themes and issues that have shaped the experiences of Latina/o populations in the U.S. The main areas of inquiry that this course will address include: the history of ethnic levels; the formation of transnational communities and identities; the politics of language and bilingualism: race, class, and ethnicity; gender and sexuality; political and social movements; geographic space and localities; and media and popular culture. In order to foster an interdisciplinary and hemispheric approach to Latina/o Studies, course materials will draw from the social sciences and the humanities, as well as from U.S. and Latin American scholarship and cultural traditions. This course will serve as a general introduction to the more focused areas of study developed in an intermediate and upper level LATS course. Dist: SOC; WCult: CI. Gutierrez.
The Latino population currently consists of approximately 52 million people in the United States,or about 1 in 6 Americans; by the year 2050 the U.S. Census estimates that the Latino population will makeup at least 30 percent of the total U.S. population, about 132.8 million individuals. This course examines the diverse social, economic, political, and cultural histories of those who are now commonly identified as Latinas/os in the United States. The course combines the close reading of required texts with detailed classroom discussion. This course will provide students with the essential tools needed to question, discuss, and examine topics, such as, the social construction of race and ethnicity, immigration, theories of power, colonialism, manifest destiny,forms of resistance and social movement activity, urbanization, labor, family, gender issues and relations, race relations, and community social capital. The goal is to have students develop a greater appreciation and understanding of the impact of and the important roles played by Latino men and women in the formation and development of U.S. society. Dist. SOC; WCult: CI. Gómez.
This course examines the development, maintenance, and relevance of race and ethnic groups in the United States. The course begins with a review of concepts, definitions, and theoretical perspectives related to ethnicity and race. Together we will spend approximately 2-3 weeks on a race/ethnic group addressing the following questions: What does it mean to be Black, Latino, Asian/Asian-American or White? Who belongs to that group and why?Does the label capture the complexity of the group? Why is it necessary to have the label and who benefits?What are the political ramifications of using these labels? Dist. SOC. Herman.
This course examines immigration to the United States and pays special attention to issues of race and ethnicity. The course begins with a brief history of US immigration and then thematically covers specific topics such as economic impacts and costs, social mobility, citizenship, transnationalism, and assimilation, and religious issues and their relationship to the immigrant experience. I highlight differences within and between Latino, Asian, and European groups throughout the course. The class will be a combination of lectures, discussions, and video/film presentations. Class members are expected to have read material thoroughly and be prepared to discuss readings in class. On occasion students will be asked to present readings to the class and prepare discussion questions. Dist: SOC; WCult: NA. Wright.
What role do the media and the arts play in the formation of ethnic, racial and cultural identities for Latinos/as? How do Latin@s respond to these representations of themselves through various electronic media and the arts? This class investigates how race, ethnicity, gender, and "otherness" are represented in various media and art forms, including: cinema, radio broadcasting, performance art, mural art, graphic novels, and the Internet. We will trace the history of Latin@s in various media and artistic movements, as well as hold online discussions and video conferences with students and professionals working in these areas. Students will explore the politics and dynamics of representation by producing their own creative and critical work and presenting it to the Dartmouth community through their final projects. Dist: ART. Moody.
13F: Tuesdays, 3-6 p.m.
This course proposes to examine literature written by U.S. citizens of African and Spanish-Caribbean ancestry. This growing group of writers represents new perspectives that are challenging while broadening the scope, definition and imaginary conception of "American literature," specifically in North America. Laden with neo-cartographies of the home-space, the works of writers such as Marta Vega, Loida Maritza Perez, and Nelly Rosario challenge institutionalized notions of space, place, location, home, nation, culture, citizenship and identity. Dist. LIT. Tillis.
This course focuses on the experiences of Mexican, Puerto Rican, Dominican, Cuban, and Central American migrants living in the U.S. The literature will draw from anthropology and its neighboring disciplines in an attempt to understand the social, political, and economic processes that shape the varied experiences of Latino migrants living in the United States. In doing so, the class will examine Latino migrant experiences in relation to issues such as the changing character of capitalism as an international system, the organizing role of networks and families, changing patterns of gender relations, the emergence of a second generation, and the cultural politics of class formation. Dist. SOC. WCult: CI. Gutiérrez Nájera.
The U.S.-Mexico borderlands will be examined in ways that take us from a concrete analysis of the region, including conflict and organizing efforts at the border to more abstract notions that include strategies of cultural representations and the forging of new dietetics. We will consider several analytical perspectives relevant to anthropology including gender, identity, resistance, economics, globalization, migration, and the politics of everyday life. Dist: SOC. WCult: CI. Gutiérrez Nájera.
Not offered in 13F through 14X
The 1960's and 70s were a time of tremendous political and creative turmoil. joining in the Civil Rights Movement, Latinos fought for their rights, founding important political organizations such as the United Farm Workers. Beyond stereotypes of the 60s as the period of drugs, sex and rock'n roll. Latino protesters and political activists were inordinately adept at creating and mobilization artistic symbols, music , and literature to promote a political agenda of social transformation. Dist. SOC. WCult: CI. Spitta.
Comparative Literature 52: The Borderlands: Latina/o Writers in the United States
History 31: Latinos in the United States: Origins and Histories
Spanish 77: Hispanic Literature in the USA
Spanish 78: Living in the Borderlands, Latino/a Culture and Identity
Spanish 79: Latino/a Literature: Between Literary Traditions, Languages and Cultures
Courses with a central focus on Latin America and the Caribbean offered by various departments.
Departmental Seminars: These will vary from year to year. Consult the program office for a list of seminars available in 2010-2011.
LACS students are strongly advised to take courses in economics, especially Economics 1, The Price System: Analysis, Problems, and Policies, Economics 21, Microeconomics, and Economics 39, International Trade.
Students taking Government 80, Readings in Government may receive LACS/LATS credit if the instructor approves independent study or a seminar paper dealing with the politics of Latin America or the Caribbean.
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