This course surveys Mexican history from the late colonial period (ca. 1780) to the present. Although previous exposure to Latin American history and/or things Mexican is useful, it is not required. Each year I emphasize a different aspect of Mexican history, and this year the emphasis in the readings, the paper, and to a certain extent the lectures will be on popular culture. The paper will ask you to relate the readings (on Mexican food, rock music, Cantinflas, Posada prints, etc.) to the broad political-social-economic narrative that will be presented in lecture.