Race and Nation in Latin America|
Fall 2017 not offered
|Course Cluster: Caribbean Studies Minor|
How does race operate in Latin America, and in what ways does it intersect with the concept of nation and national belonging? The regions we call Latin America and the Caribbean have, since the first human encounter between "Old" and "New" Worlds of the 15th century, been often understood as places of mixture--both cultural and biological. From at least the early 19th century, when independent nations in the region began to emerge from colonial rule, intellectuals, statesmen, and citizens alike have had to contend with "race" and its inextricable connection to the concept of "nation." This course aims to introduce students to the history of race and national formation in Latin America and the Caribbean, from the wake of the independence movements of the early 19th century to the present. It draws on historical, anthropological, and literary approaches to identifying, analyzing, and interpreting the varied meanings of race and nation throughout the region.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (LAST)
Tentative Reading List: (monographs/edited volumes)
Appelbaum, Nancy P., Macpherson, Anne S., and Rosemblatt, Karin Alejandra, eds. RACE & NATION IN MODERN LATIN AMERICA. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2003.
Ferrer, Ada. INSURGENT CUBA: RACE, NATION, AND REVOLUTION, 1868-1898. Chapel Hill, N.C.: University of North Carolina Press, 1999.
Gates Jr., Henry Louis. BLACK IN LATIN AMERICA. New York: New York University Press, 2011.
Stepan, Nancy. THE HOUR OF EUGENICS: RACE, GENDER, AND NATION IN LATIN AMERICA. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1991.
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Over the course of the semester, students will complete several short writing assignments and a longer final assignment, in addition to in-class presentations and participation in an online forum for discussion.
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