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Latin American, Latino, and Caribbean Studies

COURSES IN LATIN AMERICAN AND CARIBBEAN STUDIES (LACS)

1. Introduction to Latin America and The Caribbean

11F: 10 12S: 10

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

4. History, Culture and Society: The Many Faces of Latin America (Identical to African and African American Studies 16)

12W: 10A 12W: 10 A

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 have 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 and the Caribbean. Dist: LIT; WCult: NW. Bueno, Walker (12W), Franconi, Pastor (13W)

7. First-Year Seminars in Latin American, Latino and Caribbean Studies

Consult special listings

10. Pre-Columbian and Colonial America (Identical to History 5.6)

Not offered in the period from 11F through 13S

30. Topics Course in the Humanities

12W: 11, 12S: 11, 12S: 10

30.1, In 12W at 11, Race and Ethnicity in Brazilian Cinema. This course will explore aspects of race and representation in Brazilian film from its earliest beginnings in the silent film era through the present day. Students will gain insight into issues of cultural identity in Brazil as well as learn about the major aesthetic movements in the country’s cinema. Smolin.

30.3. Gringos in Mexico, In 12S: 10, Gringos in Mexico: English speaking writers and their love of Mexico. This course is focused on half a dozen writers who made Mexico part of their writing life and their subject mattes. It deals not only with their novels and journalism, but also with writers’ personal lives during their travels or long stays in Mexico. Although this is a literature course, it is also a cultural studies course in that it deals with sociology, anthropology and esthetics. Dist.: Lit; WCult: NW. Palou.

42. The Aztecs (Identical to, and described under, Anthropology 21)

12W: 10A

Dist: SOC; WCult: NW. Nichols.

43. Olmecs, Maya, and Toltecs: Ancient Civilizations of Mesoamerica (Identical to, and described under, Anthropology 22)

12F: 12 12W: 12

Dist: SOC; WCult: NW. Nichols.

44. Incas (Identical to, and described under, Anthropology 23)

12W: 11, 13S: 12

Dist: (ARCH) pending faculty approval.

48. Mexican Muralism (Identical to Art History 16)

12S: 12

Dist: ART; WCult: CI. Coffey.

50. Topics Course in the Social Sciences

Not offered in the period from 11F through 13S

51. The Brazilian Amazon and Multilingualism (Identical to Linguistics 50 and described under Anthropology 50.3)

Not offered in the period from 12F through 14

52. Gender Politics in Latin America (Identical to Government 49.4 and Women’s and Gender Studies 31)

12S, 14S: 2A

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 course 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.

53. Protests and Parties in Latin America (Identical to Government 49.5)

13W: 10

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.

54. Nationalism and Revolution in the Caribbean (Identical to AAAS 86 and History 6)

12S: 10A

Dist. SOC or INT: WCult: NW. Goldthree.

56. Latin American Women Writers (Identical to Women’s and Gender Studies 47.4)

Not offered in 11F through 12

This course focuses on narrative by Latin American women, primarily fiction, and how that fiction has been a force for social change. The course will introduce students to Feminist theories that have been applied to and by Latin American scholars to give account of diverse literary forms produced across cultural differences. The core articulating idea of the course is women’s impact on literature and on the world. Students will become familiar with important authors and common themes in contemporary Latin American literature by women and different literary periods and movements in Latin American literature. Dist: LIT; WCult: NW.

57. From Coca to Cocaine: Drug Economies in Latin America (Identical to History 6)

12S: 12

58.Slavery and Emancipation in Latin America and the Caribbean(Identical to African and African and American Studies 83.3

12W: 2

Goldthree

60. War and Representation in 19th Century Latin American Culture (Identical to Comparative Literature 63)

Not offered in the period from 11F through 12S

Dist: LIT. Díaz.

61. Slavery in the Empire: Brazilian Literature in the Nineteenth Century and Beyond (Identical to African and African American Studies 87)

11F: 2

This course explores the how the experience of slavery and abolition in Brazil has formed a major theme for Brazilian authors from the nineteenth century to today. Key literary texts will be paired with period art, historical writings, films, and music. We will examine how the Brazilian Empire was part of the larger Atlantic world yet its history of slavery and abolition was distinct from that of the U.S. Dist: LIT; WCult: NW. Smolin.

63. Afro-Brazilian Diasporic Literature in the Americas (Identical to Comparative Literature 52 and African and African American Studies 83)

Not offered in the period from 11F through 13

Dist: LIT: WCult: CI. Smolin.

65. Caribbean Women Writers (Identical to English 67 and African and African American Studies 80.2, Women and Gender Studies 52.2)

11F: 10A

This course analyses Anglophone women’s writings from various Caribbean territories. The exploration of novels, short fiction and poetry will be complimented by essays by and about Caribbean women. The literary texts will be studied with reference to their varied historical, social, ethnic and cultural contexts. The course will require close textual reading of the primary material, as well as comparative thematic and stylistic analyses. It will explore what these texts reveal about how Caribbean women are defining and taking agency for themselves in and through their writing. Students will be encouraged to locate these expressions within the broader categories of Caribbean writing, postcolonial/postmodernist writing, and women’s writing in general. Morgan.

66. Caribbean Literature (Identical to English 67 and African and African American Studies 80)

Not offered in the period from 11F through 12X

76. Culture and Identity in Modern Mexico (Identical to History 81)

12W: 11 12F: 2

Dist: SOC; WCult: NW. Vitz, 12W, Padilla, 12F.

77. Democracy and Accountability in Latin America (Identical to Government 84.11)

13S: 2A

Dist: SOC. Carey.

78. Twentieth Century Art from Latin America (Identical to Art History 75)

Not offered in 11F through 13

Dist: ART; WCult: W. Coffey.

80. Seminar (Identical to African and African American Studies 90W)

12W: 2A

In 12W, Gender and Race in Latin America. 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).

82. Popular Struggle, Political Change and U.S. Intervention in Central America (Identical to History 82)

12W: 2 Vitz. 12F: 11 Padilla.

89. Independent Study

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.

98, 99. Honors Thesis I and II

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.

COURSES IN LATINO STUDIES (LATS)

3. Introduction to Latino Studies

11F: 11

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 intermediate and upper level LATS course. Dist: SOC; WCult: CI. Reyes.

7. First-Year Seminars in Latino Studies

Consult special listings

31. Constructing Race and Ethnicity in the U.S. (Identical to Sociology 47)

12X: 10A

What is ethnicity? What is race? What are the boundaries and markers for being a member of an ethnic or racial group? This course examines the development, maintenance and relevance of panethnic groups in the United States. Specifically it focuses on African-Americans, Latinos, and Asian-Americans. The course begins with a review of the theories on ethnic and racial identity. The class will spend several weeks on each panethnic group addressing the following questions: What does it mean to be African-American, Latino, or Asian-American? Who belongs to that group and why? Does the panethnic label capture the complexity of the group? Why is it necessary to construct panethnic identities and who benefits? What are the political ramifications of using panethnicity? Dist: SOC; WCult: W. Gómez.

35. Topics Course in Latino Studies

40. Immigration, Race and Ethnicity (Identical to Geography 28 and Sociology 48)

12W, 13W: 10A

Dist: SOC; WCult: CI. Wright.

41. Representations of/from Latinos in the Media and the Arts

12F: 1

What role do the media and the arts play in the formation of ethnic, racial and cultural identities for Latinos/as? How do Latinos 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 Latinos in various media and artistic movements, as well as hold online discussions and videoconferences 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.

43. U.S. Afro-Latino Literature (Identical to African and African American Studies 88, Comparative Literature 57, and International Studies 17)

12 W: W 2-5

Dist: LIT. Tillis.

44. Crossing Over: Latino Roots and Transitions (Identical to Anthropology 33)

Not offered in the period from 11F through 13

This course focuses on the experiences of Mexican, Puerto Rican, Dominican, Cuban, an Dist: SOC; WCult: CI. Gutiérrez Nájera.

45. Comparative Perspectives on the U.S. Mexico Borderlands (Identical to Anthropology 34)

Not offered in the period from 11F through 13

Dist: SOC; WCult: CI. Gutiérrez Nájera.

89. Independent Study

All terms: Arrange

Students wishing to pursue intensive supervised study in some aspect of Latino Studies should consult the appropriate member of the LALACS 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.

98, 99. Honors Thesis I and II

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.

ASSOCIATED COURSES FOR LACS/LATS

Courses with a central focus on Latin America, Latino and the Caribbean offered by various departments. These classes count toward the LACS/LATS major.

African and African American Studies 83.4: Caribbean History

African and African American Studies 85: Afro-Latin American Literature in Translation

Anthropology 35: Maya Indians under Mexican and Guatemalan Rule

Anthropology 37: Legacies of Conquest: Latin America

Anthropology 44: Globalization from Above and Below

Art History 16: Mexican Art

Comparative Literature: 46: Children on the Streets

Comparative Literature 52: Latin American Literatures

Geography 43: Geographies of Latin America

Government 49.1: Latin American Politics and Government

Government 80: Readings in Government

History 31: Latinos in the United States: Origins and Histories

History 46: Spain in the Golden Age

History 96.4: Latin American Rebels

History 96.5: Topics in Modern Latin American History

Portuguese 20: The Portuguese-Speaking World and its Literatures and Cultures: The Definition of an Identity

Portuguese 35: Advanced Studies in Brazilian Culture and Society (DFSP)

Portuguese 36: Studies in Contemporary Brazilian Literature (DFSP)

Portuguese Courses listed below: count when main content is Brazil

Portuguese 60: The Portuguese-Speaking World: Literature and Culture by Period

Portuguese 61: The Portuguese-Speaking World: Genre

Portuguese 62: Film, Media, Performance and the Arts in the Portuguese-Speaking World

Portuguese 63: Special Topics: Literary and Cultural Productions in the Portuguese-Speaking World

Portuguese 80: Seminar

Portuguese 87: Independent Study

Spanish 33: Argentine Civilization: Society, Culture and Politics in Argentina

Spanish 35: Studies in Spanish-American Literature & Culture

Spanish Courses listed below: count when main content is Latin American/Latino.

Spanish 40: Hispanic Literature by Culture and Period

Spanish 43: Hispanic Literature by Culture and Genre

Spanish 45: Regional/National/Trans-Atlantic Approaches to Hispanic Studies

Spanish 50: Gender and Sexuality in Hispanic Studies

Spanish 55: Hispanic Literature, Culture, and Politics

Spanish 60: Race and Ethnicity in Hispanic Studies

Spanish 63: Hispanic Film Studies