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The Idea of Latin America
SPAN 268
Spring 2007 not offered
Crosslisting: LAST 268

What is in a name? This course will try to respond to this question by focusing on the debates over the idea of "Latin America" as a cultural, political and social entity. By analyzing the way in which 19th and 20th century writers have constructed alternative representations of the subcontinent, we will discuss a series of questions related to the formation and development of Latin America as an imagined community: What political, social and cultural interests have informed the emergence and variation of the idea of Latin America over time? What are the cultural features most commonly associated with the subcontinent, and what are their implications in historical and ideological terms? To what extent the idea of Latin America has been relevant in the past and is still viable today? In answering these questions, this course attempts to examine issues of identity formation, colonialism and trans-nationalism in Latin America.

Essential Capabilities: Speaking, Writing
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: HA RLAN
Course Format: Lecture/DiscussionGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (LAST)(RMST)

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