Latin America

100.001 Summer 2009 Latin American History on Film

This six-week summer course will offer students an intense introduction to modern Latin America history, to the history of Latin American films, and to the uses and limits of films as historical documents in general. We will watch, analyze and discuss ten films, as well as seeing excerpts from several more. Working from the background provided by the films and a survey history of modern Latin America, we will look closely at issues of production, representation and reception of films, and at the connections between film and politics.

285E.001 Spring 2009 Research Seminar - Latin America

This is a research seminar on Latin American history, a workshop for researching and writing an article-length work of scholarship from primary sources. Open to doctoral students working on Latin American topics and others by request.

101.08 Spring 2010 Latin America

This research seminar is focused on the modern history of Latin America. Students will write a 30- to 50-page paper on some aspect of the social, cultural, political, or economic history of Latin America after 1800. The seminar is open in terms of topics and country of focus. All that is required is to ask interesting questions, pursue the answers rigorously, and make the most use possible (given availability and language skills) of sources in Spanish and Portuguese. The libraries here, especially the Bancroft Library, have an extraordinary collection of material.

280E.001 Fall 2009 Argentina in a Comparative Context

This course will be a comprehensive survey of the major trends in the historiography of Argentina, and to a lesser extent Chile, since Independence. We will read classics and recent scholarship, monographs and articles, in English and Spanish. Our readings will cover social, labor, political, and cultural history, with brief forays into economic, agrarian, and environmental history as well. Particular topics of interest will include state formation, law and crime, labor and citizenship, development strategies, indigenous communities, populism, military rule, and practices of memory.

280E.001 Spring 2009 Transnational Approaches to Understanding Latin Americaâ€_Äôs Relationship with the West

This course begins with a survey of older approaches to Latin America's historical relationship with the U.S. and Europe, including traditional diplomatic history but focusing particularly on dependency theory. This will occupy the first 3-4 weeks of the class. The rest of the class is devoted to reading in the newer ";transnational"; literature on Latin America. The expectation is that we will explore the strengths and weaknesses of this approach for understanding Latin American history.

103E.003 Fall 2009 A Musical Journey Across Latin American History

This seminar will cover a century of Latin American modern music from the first recordings around 1900 to hip-hop songs produced in 2000­ in order to understand some key aspects of Latin American social and cultural history, such as the making of the modern cities, ethnic and national discourses and identities, and populist and radical politics.

103E.002 Fall 2009 Testimony and Revolution in Latin America: Reading Testimonios by Women and Men Activists from Central and South America 1970-1990

This is a seminar for people who are interested in modern Latin America or for those who are concerned with the history of radical and revolutionary movements and the weight of ethnicity, gender, class and myth in the construction of individual and group histories. It is about how self-consciously radical or 'revolutionary' working people (workers and peasants) in Latin America have seen themselves through autobiography/testimonies and how others (historians and social scientists) have chosen to see and represent them.

101.005 Spring 2009 Latin America

Thesis seminar for research on Latin American history. Projects on anything ranging from colonial Mexico to modern Brazil are welcome, but we will be particularly interested in social, political and cultural history. Since identifying an interesting question and locating appropriate sources early on is crucial to success with the thesis, all students wishing to take this seminar must contact Ms. Ballenger ( before December 1 to discuss possible topics.


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