Problems in Brazilian History|
Fall 2011 not offered
LAST 305, AFAM 224, AMST 317|
The history of North Americans studying race, class, and sexuality in Brazil has often been contentious. To some Brazilians, those categories represent a North American "intellectual trinity" and an imperial imposition. This seminar provides an opportunity to learn about Brazilian history and also enter into past and current debates. As categories of historical analysis, what can race, class, and sexuality show us and what do they hide? Is any one concept especially useful or problematic? What other concepts might we add to our tool box? In addressing these and other questions, our goal will be to gain a basic understanding of recent Brazilian history and to establish new points of reference for our own place in the world.
Students will be required to write weekly critical response papers, produce two medium-length essays, and critically interpret historical documents and arguments.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (AMST)(LAST)(SISP-Hist Conc)
Caulfield, Sueann. IN DEFENSE OF HONOR: SEXUAL MORALITY, MODERNITY, AND NATION IN EARLY-TWENTIETH-CENTURY BRAZIL. Durham: Duke University Press, 2000.
Davila, Jerry. DIPLOMA OF WHITENESS: RACE AND SOCIAL POLICY IN BRAZIL, 1917-1945. Durham: Duke University Press, 2003.
Fischer, Brodwyn. A POVERTY OF RIGHTS: CITIZENSHIP AND INEQUALITY IN TWENTIETH-CENTURY RIO DE JANEIRO. Palo Alto: Stanford University Press, 2008.
Green, James N. BEYOND CARNIVAL: MALE HOMOSEXUALITY IN TWENTIETH-CENTURY BRAZIL. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1999.
Hanchard, Michael. ORPHEUS AND POWER: THE MOVIMENTO NEGRO OF RIO DE JANEIRO AND SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL, 1945-1988. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1994.
Lesser, Jeffrey. A DISCONTENTED DIASPORA: JAPANESE BRAZILIANS AND THE MEANINGS OF ETHNIC MILITANCY, 1960-1980. Durham: Duke University Press, 2007.
|Examination and Assignments: |
One 8-10 page paper, one 5-8 page paper, weekly critical responses.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
Class attendance and participation are required and will figure significantly into final grades.
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