History 143

Summer 2012
First 6 Week Session
209 Dwinelle
Day & Time: 
MTWTh 9-11A

Magic, sex, and cannibalism are all featured in the mix as Portuguese, African and Indian peoples create a new civilization along the long coastline of South America. Brazil! This course will cover diverse topics such as the Brazilian beginnings as Brazilian Indians get their first taste of Christianity, the rise of the Brazilian Empire, Brazilian slave systems, Vargas, Brazilian cinema and music, the military dictatorship, and modern Brazilian culture. The emphasis of the course is on social and cultural history of Brazil, 1500 to the present. The goal is to provide context and understanding of this dynamic nation as it prepares to stage the Olympics and the World Cup.


Mark Emerson is currently an assistant professor at Sul Ross State University in Texas. He has also taught at Chadron State University in Nebraska and Rio Grande College in south Texas. He received his PhD from the University of California, Santa Barbara in December of 2004. His dissertation examined popular prophecies and messianic dreams during the restoration of the Portuguese crown, 1640-1666. Research interests include religion in colonial and modern Brazil, messianic movements, and micro history. Current work includes a study of active resistance to the inquisition in Portuguese world and a biography of, Maria de Jesus, a popular transatlantic visionary in seventeenth-century Portugal and Brazil. Dr. Emerson has spent six months in the national archives in Rio de Janeiro and has traveled extensively through the country.

Course Books

The Brazil Reader: History, Culture, Politics by Levine, Robert M. Duke University Press. ISBN: 979-0822322900 Required
Brazil: Five Centuries of Change by Skidmore, Thomas E. Oxford University Press. ISBN: 978-0195374551 Required
The Brazilian Empire: Myths and Histories by Viotta da Costa, Emilia University of North Carolina Press. ISBN: 978-0807848401 Optional
Negotiating National Identity: Immigrants, Minorities, and the Struggle for Ethnicity in Brazil by Lesser, Jeffrey Duke University Press. ISBN: 978-0822322924 Optional
Macunaima by Andrade, Mario de Random House. ISBN: 978-0394534121 Optional
Chica da Silva: A Brazilian Slave of the Eighteenth Century by Ferreira Furtado, Junia Cambridge University Press. ISBN: 978-0521884655 Optional
The Devil in the Land of the Holy Cross: Witchcraft, Slavery and Popular Religion in Colonial Brazil by Mello e Sousa, Laura University of Texas Press. ISBN: 978-0292702363 Optional
Father of the Poor? Vargas and his Era by Levine, Robert M. Cambridge University Press. ISBN: 978-0521585206 Optional