Living the Latin American City: Urban History, Politics, and Culture|
|Certificates: International Relations|
This course offers an introduction to modern Latin American cities, exploring how the region's urban spaces--including sprawling megalopolises like Mexico City and Rio de Janeiro--have been made and re-envisioned by elite and poor inhabitants alike. Approaching urban space and everyday life as a terrain of political and social negotiation as well as cultural ferment, the course traces the growth of Latin American cities through case studies that examine themes including colonialism, citizenship, migration, inequality, and social movements, and the tensions between state planning and informality. We also consider how the urban experience shaped intellectuals' and artists' efforts to chronicle, represent, and reimagine the Latin American city in essays, photography, and film.
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|Course Format: Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CIR)(HIST-MN)(LAST)
||Past Enrollment Probability: 90% or above
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Angel Rama, THE LETTERED CITY
James Alex Garza, THE IMAGINED UNDERWORLD: SEX, CRIME, AND VICE IN PORFIRIAN MEXICO CITY
Brodwyn Fischer, A POVERTY OF RIGHTS: CITIZENSHIP AND INEQUALITY IN TWENTIETH-CENTURY RIO DE JANEIRO
Sian Lazan, EL ALTO, REBEL CITY: SELF AND CITIZENSHIP IN ANDEAN BOLIVIA
Other scholarly articles, essays, visual materials, and film available in class.
|Examination and Assignments: |
6 short blog posts (2-3 pp), final project (choose from research paper, digital project, creative project), final presentation, in-class participation.
|Instructor(s): Zeltsman,Corinna Times: ..T.R.. 02:50PM-04:10PM; Location: FISK121; |
|Total Enrollment Limit: 15||SR major: X||JR major: X|| || |
|Seats Available: 7||GRAD: X||SR non-major: X||JR non-major: X||SO: 0||FR: 15|