Latin America

103E.002 Spring 2008 Foreigners and Foreigness in Latin America

What makes someone a foreigner? Can a person be a foreigner in his or her own country? This course will ask these questions in the Latin American context, considering both who foreigners are and how they experience Latin America. We will be reading primary sources, such as travel narratives, novels, and autobiographies, in conjunction with secondary sources, such as studies of immigration, ethnographies, and theoretical treatments of ";foreigness,"; in order to build an understanding of how foreigners constitute and are constituted in Latin America.

101.011 Spring 2008 Latin America

This course takes a transnational and cross-cultural approach to Latin American history. Rather than focus exclusively on the centers of power and jurisdiction, students will examine the numerous edges and all that traversed official boundaries. This included people (i.e., immigrant groups, slaves, diplomats), things (i.e., primary products, manufactured goods), ideas (i.e., religions, social movements), and power (i.e., imperialism, warfare).

101.008 Spring 2008 Mexico

UC-Berkeley is home to one of the world's great research libraries for Mexican history. In addition to deep and varied collections of manuscripts and pictorial materials dating from the sixteenth century to the twentieth century, The Bancroft Library librarians have built an extensive collection of rare books and supporting materials: microfilm of original materials from archives and libraries around the world; and an up-to-date collection of published primary sources, bibliographical materials, and secondary works.

280E.001 Spring 2007 Brazilian Historiography

A survey of major themes in Brazilian history from the sixteenth to the twentieth centuries, this seminar will examine historiographic debates and issues with special attention to revisionist works. Selected themes include early settlement, colonial society, African slavery, religion, intellectual thought, coffee economy, transition to a republic, twentieth-century race relations, and popular culture. Written work consists of three short essays plus oral participation.

285E.001 Spring 2007 Research Seminar in Latin American History

A workshop for developing independent research projects on Latin American topics. Open to doctoral students and master's students in Latin American Studies.

280E.001 Fall 2007 Popular Culture in Latin America

What is popular culture? In Latin America? How can popular culture best be studied from a historical perspective? What are the important questions to be asked? What are the best sources for the historian to use in studying popular culture? And what are their limitations as well as their advantages? How does history draw creatively on complementary disciplines for both theoretical and methodological approaches to the study of popular culture?

275E.001 Fall 2007 Modern Latin America: Histories and Historiographies

This seminar is an introduction to the major issues in the history of modern Latin America. It is intended both as a broad survey and as a solid beginning for future reading, thinking, and research. Organized broadly around the intertwined transformations of citizens, markets and states from 1800 to the present, this class will explore a range of works, from classics to recent landmarks. Our focus will be on how social history has changed our ways of thinking about Latin America's past and modernity, revisiting older questions and exploring new frameworks.

101.01 Fall 2007 State, Nation and Culture in Modern Latin America

Latin American states, nations, and cultures have developed in dynamic relationship with each other since independence from Spain and Portugal in the 19th century. For example, the state and political actors have crafted different ideas of nation at different moments, using various cultural media to promote and diffuse their ideas. Those marginal to dominant ideas of the nation -- women, lower classes, Indigenous peoples, among others -- have also used cultural media as tools to seek inclusion and/or redefine national identity.

103E.002 Fall 2007 Slave Societies in the Americas

What system of morals and beliefs, what societies, permitted one group of humans to own another? Using primary and secondary sources from the United States, Latin America and the larger Atlantic World, this course explores the lives of slaves as they made the middle passage, were sold in markets, labored, created families and communities, revolted and escaped, or consented to their situation. The course makes comparisons that are temporal, transnational, and cross-cultural. Since most (but not all) slave owners were lighter skinned than their slaves, race is a necessary component.


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