FALL 2018 - INTRODUCTION TO LATIN AMERICAN STUDIES

INTS 130-01 (1608)
Tomás F. Crowder-Taraborrelli
Office hours: Maathai 414, Mondays 10:15 to 11:00 a.m
Class Time: Tuesdays and Thursdays 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.


It is a great pleasure and also a great challenge to teach a course like this. Since the Wars of Independence, Latin America has seen dramatic changes in its political and social identity. The last century has been marked by a never-ending series of coup d’états, often times sponsored by U.S. governments, which have undermined democratic governments and their policies. In spite of this, Latin America has shown resilience and continues to advance a progressive agenda that strives to do away with social inequality. In this course, we will examine the history of the region, paying particular attention to major political changes and their repercussion in popular culture. The course is organized chronologically, but we will always strive to assess how past events mobilize social forces in the present.


Books
Galeano, Eduardo. The Open Veins of Latin America.
New York: Monthly Review Press, 1997.
Chasteen, John Charles, Born in Blood and Fire: A
Concise History of Latin America, 2nd ed., N.Y.; London: W.W. Norton & Co., 2006.

Assignments
There are four types of assignments in this course: a group or individual presentation (based on the assigned discussion topic readings), a mid-term exam and a final argumentative research paper (8 - 10 pages).


Readings
I have organized course readings in two categories: common readings (CR) and assigned readings (AR). All students will have to read Common Readings and students assigned to a particular discussion topic will read CRs and also Discussion Topic Readings. Students are encouraged to read all readings, but I understand that it might not be possible. Since discussion is an essential part of each class, please complete all the readings before class and bring to class a few questions to generate dialogue. Always bring hard copies of the reading to class so you can cite passages and/or page numbers during discussion.


Tentative schedule of Readings and Assignments (Please check our Bright Space course site for more information about the readings)

Week 1
"The Conquest"

Thursday September 8th
Galeano, Eduardo. The Open Veins of Latin America. 1-58 (CR)
Fernandez Retamar, Roberto. “Caliban: A question”. The Oxford Book of Latin American Essays. (375- 378) (CR)

Week 2
Tuesday September 13th
Cabeza de Vaca. Naufragios [selections] (CR)
Moreno Fraginals, M. “The Death of the Forest” (AR)
Chasteen, J. Born in Blood and Fire, Chapter 1 (CR)
Las Casas, Bartolome. In Defense of the Indians. (Selections)
Rodriguez, Silvio. "La maza". Song [COURSE WEBSITE, April 24, 2018]

Thursday September 15th
Galeano, E. TOVOLA 59-113 (CR)
FILM: La hora de los hornos, dir. Grupo Cine Liberación [first part screened in class] [COURSE WEBSITE, April 23, 2018]

Week 3
The Conquest and Colonialism

TUESDAY September 20th
Galeano, Eduardo. The Open Veins of Latin America. 59-133 (CR)
Mills, Keneth and William B. Taylor. Colonial Spanish America: Chapters 6, 12,15.
FILM: La tierra quema, Dir. Raymundo Gleyzer [COURSE WEBSITE, April 22, 2018]

THURSDAY September 22nd
Chasteen, John Charles. Born in Blood and Fire. Chapter 1 (25-57) (AR)
Manzano, Juan Francisco. “Autobiography of a slave” The Cuba Reader (49-57) (AR)
Cuban Music: "Santa Barbara, Que viva Chango", Conjunto Folklorico Nacional de Cuba. [COURSE WEBSITE, April 21, 2018]

Film: Inner Borderlines: Visions of America Through The Eyes of Alejandro Morales, 7 p.m. Pauling 216

Week 4
Independence 

TUESDAY September 27th
Galeano, Eduardo. The Open Veins of Latin America. 113-133 (CR)
Marti, Jose. “Our America” and other selected essays. (CR)
Introd. to Sarmiento's Life in the Argentine Republic in the Days of the Tyrants(CR)
Chasteen, John Charles. Born in Blood and Fire. Chapter 3, 91-112 (AR)

THURSDAY September 29th
Galeano, Eduardo. The Open Veins of Latin America. 134-170 (CR)
Ortiz, Fernando. “Tobacco and Sugar”. The Oxford Book of Latin American Essays. 
(70-74)
Ortiz, Fernando. "Transculturation". The Cuba Reader.
Moore, Robin. “Afrocubanismo and Son” (192-200)
Sublette, Ned. Cuba and Its Music. (Available in the library as an electronic text) Recommended reading.
Parra, Violeta. "Easy for singing", "Dumb, Sad and Thoughtful" (AR)
FILM: Violeta se fue a los cielos, dir. Andres Wood (Chile, 2011) [selection] [COURSE WEBSITE, April 20, 2018]

Week 5

Revolution

TUESDAY October 4th
Skidmore, Thomas E., Peter H. Smith & James N. Green. “Mexico: The Taming of a Revolution”. Modern Latin America. (47-78)
Florescano, Enrique. "The Colonial Latifundio" (CR)


THURSDAY, October 6th
The Mexican Revolution. Selection of readings (Angel): Flores Magon, "Land and Liberty", Zapata and others, "Plan of Ayala", Cabrera, "The Restoration of the Ejido" (CR)
Mexico at the Hour of Combat: Sabino Osuna's Photographs of the Mexican Revolution (in class writing workshop)
Sosa, Mercedes, "Gracias a la Vida" [COURSE WEBSITE, April 19, 2018]
Yupanqui, Atahualpa. “El Arriero”, Divididos "El Arriero" [COURSE WEBSITE, April 19, 2018]

Week 6
Modernity

TUESDAY October 11th
Skidmore, Thomas E., Peter H. Smith & James N. Green. “Brazil: The Awakening Giant”. (296- 340) CR 
de Andrade, Oswald. “Anthropophagite Manifesto”. The Oxford Book of Latin American Essays. (96-99) (CR)

THURSDAY October 13th
Lispector, Clarice. “Creating Brasilia”. The Oxford Book of Latin American Essays. (331- 334). AR
Buarque, Chico. Construcao. Songs by Caetano Veloso, Jorge Bem [Played and discussed in class, see COURSE WEBSITE, April 18, 2018, for lyrics and music]
Short documentary on Brasilia [sequence screened in class] Brasilia, contradicoes de uma Cidade Nova
dir. Joaquim Pedro, 1967.

Week 7
Tuesday October 18th
FILM Screening: Title to be announced

Thursday October 20th
Readings to be announced

Week 8
Tuesday, October 25th

MIDTERM

Thursday October 27th
Galeano, Eduardo. The Open Veins of Latin America. Chapter 5. 205- 261 (CR)
Research paper topic due!


Week 9
Tuesday, November 1st
Guevara, Che. “Man and Socialism”. (370-374) Cuban Reader (CR)
Chapter X, Social Revolution. Problems in Modern Latin America (CR)
Alvarez, Santiago. Now [short film screened in class] [COURSE WEBSITE April 17, 2018]

Thursday, November 3rd
Espinosa, Julio Garcia Espinosa. “For an Imperfect Cinema”. The Cuba Reader.
Desnoes, Edmundo. “Inconsolable Memories: A Cuban View of the Missile Crises”.
Schwartz, Rosalie . “The Invasion of the tourist”. (244-252)
Class discussion of final research papers

Week 10
Alternative Forms of Government

Tuesday November 8th
Sitrin, Marina. Everyday Revolutions...Chapter 3, "Horizontalidad" (CR)
Zibechi, Raul. Territories in Resistance. Chapter 16 "The Art of Governing Movements" (CR)

Thursday November 10th
Campo, Javier and Tomás Crowder-Taraborrelli. Introduction: Media and Democratization. Unpublished Introduction of a Special Issue of Latin American Perspectives.


Week 11
State Terrorism

Tuesday November 15th
Arditti, Rita. Searching for Life: The Grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo and the Disappeared
Children of Argentina
50-78 (CR)
Dinges, John. The Condor Years: How Pinochet and His Allies Brought Terrorism to Three Continents. 99-125 (CR)
FILM: La batalla de Chile, Dir. Patricio Guzmán [selection] [COURSE WEBSITE, April 16, 2018]

Thursday, November 17th.
Walsh, Roberto. “Carta a la Junta”.
Davis, Jeffrey. “Moving the Process and Proving The Truth”. Seeking Human Rights Justice in Latin America.
FILM: Fernando Ha Vuelto. Dir. Silvio Caiozzi. [COURSE WEBSITE, April 15, 2018]


Week 12
Religion and Liberation

Tuesday November 22nd
Gutiérrez, Gustavo. A Theology of Liberation, "Theology and Liberation" (CR).
Carroll, James. "Who am I to judge..." New Yorker Magazine("
NewYorkerPopeArticle" on Bright Space)

Thursday November 24th
Reading TBA.


Week 13
Narcoscapes and Narcoculture

Tuesday November 29th
Cabanas, Miguel A. Narcoculture and the Politics of Representation (CR)
FILM: Narco Cultura, dir. Shaul Shwarz (on Netflix, streaming)


Thursday December 1st
Eisenhammer, Stephen. “Bare Life in Ciudad Juarez: Violence in a Space of Exclusion” (AR)
FILM: Señorita Extraviada (selection). [COURSE WEBSITE April 14, 2018]


Week 14
Water Wars


Tuesday December 6th
Dangl, Benjamin. The Price of Fire: Resource Wars and Social Movements in Bolivia. Chapters 3 and 4 CR)
FILMS: The Corporation and Even the Rain [selections]. [COURSE WEBSITE April 13, 2018]

Thursday December 8th
Oral presentations

15th Week
Tuesday December 13th
Study Day

Thursday December 15th
Oral presentations if needed
Final Research paper due


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