Cultural History of Modern Latin America

History 103E.003

Fall 2006
Instructor (text): 
2303 Dwinelle
Day & Time: 
F 10-12

What is cultural history and how can our study of modern Latin America be a critical appraisal of often unexamined aspects of everyday life?
This is an eclectic course that seeks to answer these questions. We will interrogate what we mean by cultural history, and investigate the methods used by cultural historians of Latin America. Throughout the semester, we will look at popular culture as a historically significant field of study. Our readings will explore the histories of things that lie outside the scope of traditional history. Some of the topics that we will touch upon include food, film, photography and popular literature, ranging from the novel to the comic book. We will also spend time reading on modernity and the city, political and everyday violence, and politics and life on the border. What binds our readings is the relationship between the ";political"; and the ";personal";. Thus, we will examine how social realities (of race, class and gender) inform personal experience. Indeed, the overarching goal of this course is to examine larger historical and social processes in how they inform everyday experience. In discussing these topics, we will pay close attention to the ways in which historical knowledge is produced in relation to, informed by, and re-enforce these very social inequalities.

Course requirements are: active participation in seminar, and one class presentation; one 5-7 page response paper; and a final 15-20 page essay that integrates class readings and primary and secondary research. History majors may write a prospectus for their 101 in lieu of a research paper.

Please contact the instructor, Camilo Trumper at with any questions.