Who Owns Culture? A History of Cultural and Intellectual Property in the U.S. and Latin America|
Spring 2012 not offered
AMST 318, AFAM 232, HIST 243|
This course will examine the representation, appropriation, and consumption of indigenous and African-descended peoples in the United States and Latin America, using popular discussions, political debates, and legal battles surrounding cultural and intellectual property. We will study how ownership can mean something palpable--legal property rights, for example--and also something less tangible and harder to define: the power to shape, own, market, and represent a group, region, national, or political discourse. Special attention will be given to museums, music, archaeology, copyright, tourism, land struggles, and testimonial literature (testimonio).
Students will write one 10-15 pp paper and weekly critical responses, and will be expected to engage in critical interpretation of primary and secondary materials. Students are also required to turn in outlines and rough drafts for final papers.
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|Course Format: Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (AMST)(LAST)
Brown, Michael F., WHO OWNS NATIVE CULTURE? Harvard UP, 2003.
Coombe, Rosemary J., THE CULTURAL LIFE OF INTELLECTUAL PROPERTIES: AUTHORSHIP, APPROPRIATION, AND THE LAW, Duke UP, 1998.
McLeod, Kembrew, FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION: OVERZEALOUS COPYRIGHT BOZOS AND OTHER ENEMIES OF CREATIVITY. Doubleday/Creative Commons.
Mendoza, Zoila S., CREATING YOUR OWN: FOLKLORE, PERFORMANCE, AND IDENTITY IN CUZCO, PERU, Duke, 2008.
Paillalef, Rosa Isolde Reuque. WHEN A FLOWER IS REBORN: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF A MAPUCHE FEMINIST. Edited, translated, and with an introduction by Florencia E. Mallon, 2002.
Watkins, Joe Edward, SACRED SITES AND REPATRIATION. Contemporary Native American Issues Series. Chelsea House Publishers, 2006.
Ziff, Bruce and Pratima V. Rao, BORROWED POWER: ESSAYS ON CULTURAL APPROPRIATION, Rutgers UP, 1997.
|Examination and Assignments: |
One 10-15 pp paper.
Weekly response papers and Blackboard Forum participation.
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