Latin America and the World

History 103E.002

Fall 2010
Instructor (text): 
202 Wheeler
Day & Time: 
Tuesday 2-4
Larissa Kelly is a Ph.D. candidate in the History Department. Her dissertation focuses on archaeology and state-building in nineteenth-century Mexico.

How have Latin American identities been fashioned in conversation with and in distinction to foreign cultures and societies? How can we characterize the influence of the world on Latin America, and of Latin America on the world? How has Latin Americaâ€_Äôs place in the world changed since the conquest period, and what factors define its relationships today? We will explore these questions by examining a range of primary and secondary sources, dealing with topics such as ecological imperialism, the African diaspora in the New World, military interventions, immigration to and from Latin America, tourism, the drug trade, literature, television, and sports.

No knowledge of Spanish or Portuguese is necessary for this course. Students will be asked to write two short papers on the assigned readings, and one longer paper on a topic chosen in consultation with the instructor. Students planning to take a 101 seminar in the spring will also have the option of creating a detailed thesis prospectus as their final project.