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Foreign Languages and Literatures

Spring 2013 Courses in Latin American Studies

November 09, 2012

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Hist 142 - Modern Latin American History

TTH 09:40-11:10 am, Elliott Young

Confrontation with the complexity of modern Latin America through historical analysis of the roots of contemporary society, politics, and culture. Through traditional texts, novels, films, and lectures, exploration of the historical construction of modern Latin America. Themes of unity and diversity, continuity and change as framework for analyzing case studies of selected countries.


Hist 347 - Modern Mexico:  Culture, Politics, and Economy

TTH 01:50 - 3:20 pm, Elliott Young

Origins and development of the modern Mexican nation from independence to the contemporary economic and political crisis. 1811 to 1940: liberal-conservative battles, imperialism, the pax Porfiriana, the Mexican Revolution, industrialization, and institutionalizing the revolution. 1940 to the present: urbanization, migration to the United States, the student movement, neoliberal economics and politics, disintegration of the PRI (Institutional Revolutionary Party), and the new social rebellions (Zapatistas, Popular Revolutionary Army, Civil Society). Constructing mexicanidad in music, dance, film, and the cultural poetics of the street and the town plaza.



Span 370 - Latin America and Spain:  Enlightenment to the Present

TTH 11:30-1 pm, Matthieu Raillard

Introduction to major trends in Latin American and Spanish literature from the Enlightenment period to the present day. Selected works from Latin America and Spain read in the context of cultural and historical events.


Span 450 - Special Topics

TTH 01:50-3:20 pm, Matthieu Raillard

Special topics or issues of Hispanic literature and culture. Extensive oral and written work culminating in a research paper written in Spanish. May be taken twice for credit with change of topic.



SoAn 266 - Latin America in Cultural Perspective

TTH 01:50-3:20 pm, K. Cameron- Dominquez

Dynamics of social change in Latin America, with a particular focus on revolutionary transformations. Comparative analysis of social change in Cuba, Guatemala, Peru, Mexico, and other countries. An introduction to key concepts from development theory, social movements research, cultural studies, and political economy analysis


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