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Fall 2017-2018


LAS 371 /SPA 372 / AAS 374 Cuban History, Politics and Culture
This seminar constitutes an introduction to the study of Cuba from a historical perspective. During the first half of the semester the course follows a chronological approach, covering the political and socioeconomic development of the country from the sixteenth century to the present. In the second half of the semester, it examines a series of sociocultural issues that are central to the life of contemporary Cubans, on the island and abroad. At the core of the class lies an interrogation of the relevance of the Cuban case for larger discussions on colonialism, modernity, socialism and development.
Adrián López Denis. S01 7:30 pm – 10:20 pm W.

LAS 374 / HIS 486 Politics and Social Change in Latin America, 1968-Present
How did Latin American civilians organize publicly to protest democratic and authoritarian rulers? This course will look at the ways in which citizens responded to social, political, and economic policies in a turbulent time to create new understandings of human rights and social identities. Our case studies will focus especially on Buenos Aires, Santiago, Mexico City, and Caracas. To tackle the theme of popular politics, we will use a special collection of posters, leaflets, broadsheets, cartoons, and placards. We will use them to learn about the voices of protest, the strategies of organizing, and the search for narratives.  Prerequisites and Restrictions: A basic background in Latin American politics, history or literature will help, but is not necessary.
Jeremy Adelman, Fernando Acosta-Rodriguez, Maria Inclán. S01 1:30 pm – 4:20 pm T.


ARC 205 /URB 205 /LAS 225 /ENV 205 Interdisciplinary Design Studio
The course focuses on the social forces that shape design thinking. Its objective is to introduce architectural and urban design issues to build design and critical thinking skills from a multidisciplinary perspective. The studio is team-taught from faculty across disciplines to expose students to the multiple forces within which design operates. Prerequisites and Restrictions: This is an introductory course in architectural and urban design thinking with no pre-requisites, and recommended for students with interests in design, architecture and/or urban studies. No prior drawing or design experience required. For ARC majors, this course is recommended for sophomores and students who have taken ARC 204, and may be taken prior to ARC 204. For students interested in ARC, ARC 206 may be taken simultaneously or prior to ARC 205. The course is required for students earning the Urban Studies Certificate in the Class of 2021 and beyond. Other Information: The studio focuses on the conventions of representation at different scales and the spatial thinking involved in architectural composition. Projects include using 2-D projection, computer models and physical models. Students will learn how to transform 3-D relationships into 2-D drawings and 2-D drawings to 3-D, and how to represent notions of the body in space, of movement and time. It will emphasize notions of abstraction and precision in the making of 2-D drawings and 3-D models.
Mario I. Gandelsonas. U01 1:30 pm - 4:20 TTh.

ART 419 /LAS 399 Theory, History, and Practice of Textiles: The Andes
How many minutes of your day are spent with some form of textile touching your skin? And yet, what do you really know about them? This seminar will introduce you to the theory, history and practice of making textiles through the lens of the ancient Andes. You will experiment extensively with technologies human societies have used for spinning, dyeing, and weaving in an art historical laboratory setting, and use these experiences to shed insight on the collection of ancient Andean textiles in the Princeton University Art Museum. You and your classmates will collaboratively design, weave, and complete a tapestry over the course of the semester. Prerequisites and Restrictions: This course has no prerequisites, but previous experience with art practice would be helpful. Students will extensively handle wool, and should consider potential allergies before enrolling. Other Information: For department majors, satisfies the group 1 distribution requirement.
Andrew Hamilton. S01 1:30 pm - 4:20 M.

COM 353 / LAS 352
Contemporary Latin America in Literature and Visual Arts
This course is an introduction to contemporary Latin American literature & visual arts with a transatlantic perspective. Placing special emphasis on the changing relationships between aesthetics & politics, it analyzes different genres & artistic styles that emerge with new forms of imagining the relations between culture & politics, from the 1960s to the present. Readings will include critical texts on minor literature's, transatlantic connections, new social movements as well as literature dealing with situationism, romance reportagem, indigenous movements, testimonio, zapatism, etc. Texts will be available in the original & translation.
Susana Draper. C01 1:30 pm – 4:20 pm T.

FRE 403 /AFS 403 /LAS 412 
Topics in Francophone Literature, Culture, and History : Aimé Césaire
This course will study a selection of the writings of Aimé Césaire, a towering figure of the 20th century in poetry, theatre, and postcolonial critique and politics. Césaire's poetry is arguably the most accomplished oeuvre of any anticolonial poet of the century, and a pinnacle of modernist French poetry tout court. Similarly, Césaire's theatrical works are outstanding moments in the creation of a theatre of decolonization, while his celebrated critical pieces, such as the "Discours sur le colonialisme", articulate the ethical and political grounds for the struggle to end colonialism.
F. Nick Nesbitt. C01 11:00 am - 12:20 MW.

HIS 303 / LAS 305 Colonial Latin America to 1810

This course begins with the origins and consolidation of the Aztec, Inca and Iberian polities and ends with the severance of colonial ties. It combines an overview of the political economy of the region over three centuries with a study of how social groups interacted among themselves and with imperial rule over time through accommodation and conflict. We pay special attention to comparisons and contrasts -- centers and frontiers of settlement, urban and rural life, indigenous and African populations, religion and transgression, Portuguese and Spanish models of rule -- and to long-term processes and implications of environmental change. Prerequisites and Restrictions: P/D/F option is not available for History concentrators.
Vera S. Candiani. L01 11:00 am – 11:50 am T Th; P01 10:00 am – 10:50 am Th; P02 9:00 am – 9:50 am Th.

HIS 504 Colonial Latin America to 1810
An introduction to the scholarship on Latin America's colonial past, ranging from "central" areas in Mexico and the Andes to "marginal" regions. New concepts and topics have emerged. What are these new trends and what do they mean? Why do some types of questions now seem more urgent than others? To explore these questions and find out what problems of past historiographical traditions remain unsolved and deserve a new look, both classic texts and more recent works that display new approaches will be read, often in counterpoint. Other Requirements: Not Open to Freshmen.
Vera S. Candiani. S01 1:30 pm – 4:20 pm.

HIS 506 Modern Latin American History Since 1810
Course examines interactions between states and citizens since Latin American independence with an additional consideration of the region's integration into global economic and political systems. Other Requirements: Open to Graduate Students Only. Other information: Some Spanish is highly recommended. See instructor for more details.
Robert A. Karl.  S01 9:00 am – 11:50 am Th.

POR 304 / LAS 311 Topics in Brazilian Cultural and Social History - Sound and Sense
What happens when sound and sense meet? Do silent letters provoke sound and movement? Is sound political and does it have a grammar? We will explore how the distinction between music and mere noise informs our understanding of politics and history. In a journey through sound events, composition, performance, fiction, poetry and journalism, with a special focus on Brazil from the birth of the Republic (1889) to the present, this seminar explores the points at which the aural, the corporeal and the linguistic become entangled. Musical genres we will study include funk, tecnobrega, hip hop, samba, club music, bossa nova and more. Prerequisites and Restrictions: POR 208 or POR 207S or instructor's permission. Other information: This course is co-taught by Professor Pedro Meira Monteiro and graduate student Nathaniel Wolfson through the Collaborative Teaching Initiative. Music by Caetano Veloso, José Miguel Wisnik, Arnaldo Antunes, Os Mutantes, Tom Zé, Anitta, Valesca Popozuda, João Gilberto, Racionais MC's, Seu Jorge, Milton Nascimento, Karina Buhr, Fernanda Abreu, among many others.
Pedro Meira Monteiro. C01 7:30 pm – 8:50 pm M W.


POR 308 / LAS 378 Screening Saudade
This course will explore the supposedly "untranslatable" concept of saudade from a number of angles. We will examine the political, economic, cultural and aesthetic manifestations of saudade and its myriad social implications through analysis of literary and sociology texts, music, cinema, and more from across the lusophone world. Particular attention will be paid to the prevalence of saudosismo in pop culture where classical texts and forms often make surprising appearances. Prerequisites and Restrictions: POR 208 or instructor's permission.
Nicola T. Cooney. C01 1:30 pm-2:50 TTh.

POR 563 / LAS 565  Luso-Brazilian Seminar-Visual Arts & the Humanities (Half-term)
The seminar challenges students of literature, cultural studies, and history to "read" images. We often see photographs, drawings, caricatures, and engravings as mere illustrations, which confirm preconceived ideas. However, just as culture does not merely reflect reality, images can be understood as documents endowed with their own agency, thus able to create new contexts, habits, and even political and cultural mores. Through scholarly discussions on the visual arts, history and literature, we focus on a wide array of visual works in Brazil, from colonial times to our contemporaneity. Other Requirements: Not Open to Freshmen. Other information: This class will meet from 11/06/2017 to 12/15/2017 with two classes per week. This is a full-credit course. Artistic production by Albert Eckhout, Jean-Baptiste Debret, Nicolas-Antoine Taunay, Pedro Américo, Angelo Agostini, Marc Ferrez, Modesto Brocos, Tarsila do Amaral, Tomaz Farkas, Claudia Andujar, Adriana Varejão, Dalton Paula, Rosana Paulino. Classes taught in Portuguese. Discussions can be held in Portuguese, Spanish or English.
Lilia K. Moritz Schwarcz. S01 1:30 pm – 4:20 pm M W.

SOC 210 / LAS 210 / URB 210 / LAO 210 Urban Sociology: The City and Social Change in the Americas
By taking a comparative approach, this course examines the role of social, economic, and political factors in the emergence and transformation of modern cities in the United States and selected areas of Latin America. We consider the city in its dual image: both as a center of progress and as a redoubt of social problems, especially poverty. Attention is given to spatial processes that have resulted in the aggregation and desegregation of populations differentiated by social class and race. Other information: For LAO credit, students must write about the U.S.-Latino population.
Patricia Fernández-Kelly. L01 10:00 am – 10:50 am M W; P99 TBA.

SPA 224 /LAS 224 Hispanic Studies: Introduction to Cultural Analysis
An introduction to the analysis of contemporary cultural texts (narrative, poetry, film, photography) from Latin America and Spain, with the support of various theoretical ideas. The course's main objective is to provide students with a set of strong conceptual, analytical and linguistic skills, which will be of great help in 300-level literature/culture courses. Other Requirements: Not open to Seniors. Prerequisites and Restrictions: Another SPA 200-level course or instructor's permission. Other Information: At least one of the classes will be held in the Princeton University Art Museum to examine some of the museum's holdings of Latin American photographs. Any student unable to register for the course, please contact Prof. Loureiro,
Manuel-Angel G. Loureiro.  C01 1:30 pm – 2:50 MW.

SPA 235 / LAS 235 Of Shipwreck and Other Disasters
Flotsam. Jetsam. Hunger. Nudity. Lone survivors washed ashore. What can tales of shipwreck tell us about the cultures, societies and technologies that produce them? We read narratives and watch films of disaster and survival from the sixteenth century to the present, with an eye to how these texts can challenge or reinforce the myths that empires and nation-states tell about themselves and others. Prerequisites and Restrictions: SPA 207 or SPA 209 or instructor's permission. Other information: Class conducted in Spanish. [NOTE: LAS Certificate students must write their final paper on a Latin American topic and provide a copy of the final paper to PLAS in order to receive certificate credit.]
Nicole D. Legnani. C01 11:00 am – 12:20 pm W F.

SPA 250 / LAS 250 Identity in the Hispanic World
What does it mean to be Latin American? Hispanic? Spanish? Peruvian? Latina/o/x? How are national and alternate identities constructed and why? How are ideas of belonging to the body politic defined in Spain, Latin America, and in Spanish-speaking communities in the United States from within and without? Our course will engage this question by surveying and analyzing literary, historical, and visual productions from the time of the foundation of the Spanish empire to the present time. Prerequisites and Restrictions: SPA 207 or SPA 209 or instructor's permission. Other information:
Course conducted in Spanish.
Christina H. Lee. S01 11:00 am – 12:20 pm T Th.

SPA 329 / LAS 389 Poisonous Flowers: Radical Women in Latin America
The starting point is the art show Radical Women: Latin American Art (Los Angeles, 2017). The exhibition reevaluates the contribution of Latin American, Latina, and Chicana women to contemporary art. "Poisonous Flowers" examines the productions of outstanding Latin American female whose work has challenged our understanding of politics and the arts and had significant impact on lives and histories in the region. Other Requirements: United States Travel Required. Prerequisites and Restrictions: At least one Spanish course above SPA 207 or SPA 209, AP5 or instructor's permission. Other information: Mandatory trip to the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles during fall break week. Trip will be funded.
Javier E. Guerrero. S01 1:30 pm – 4:20 pm Th.

SPA 330 / POR 330 / LAS 390 Junior Seminar: Spanish and Portuguese-Speaking Worlds
The junior seminar discusses major challenges to the study of culture, literature and society in Portuguese and Spanish-speaking countries. Focusing on text and audiovisual materials, students will acquire methodological tools to develop their own independent research projects. Topics may include: identity, memory, democracy, visual arts, health, race, gender, migration, global cities, sustainability, climate change, citizenship, and digital humanities. It is co-taught in English, with sources in English, Spanish and Portuguese. Students are welcome to use any of the three languages in their written work. Other Requirements: Open to SPO Juniors Only.  Class Attributes: International Travel Required. Other Information: This class will participate in the Community-Based Learning Initiative (CBLI) and involves some fieldwork off campus. Students who complete SPA 330/POR 330/LAS 390 will be eligible to join the departmental field trip over the winter intersession. For more information, contact the departmental manager (Karen González, or the instructors.
Christina H. Lee, Nicole D. Legnani. S01 1:30 pm – 4:20 F.

SPA 342 / LAS 342 Topics in Latin American Modernity - Latin American Literature after Latin America
This course examines recent literature and film from Latin America (~ past ten years). The course focuses on novels, essays and poems that address various issues across divergent regions, nations, movements, and experiences, including precarious life in the wake of widely implemented neo-liberal economic policies, environmental challenges, border culture, new forms of auto-fiction, young authors' reflections on a prior generations' politics, etc. Prerequisites and Restrictions: A 300-level SPA course; or fluency in Spanish; or instructor's permission. Other information: Course taught in Spanish.
Rachel L. Price. C01 11:00 am – 12:20 pm T Th.

SPA 350 / LAS 349 Topics in Latin American Cultural Studies - Spectacles of Nature: Patagonia and the Tropics
What is nature? How is it perceived, modified, destroyed, and represented in history and culture? This course explores these questions in relation to the location of Latin American nature in modernity, through travelogues, literature, photography, and film. Focusing on legendary Patagonia and the Tropics, we'll examine the interplay between the two opposite images that have dominated modern perceptions of 'extreme' nature (and the peoples associated with it): the idea of nature as a monstrous being that has to be tamed for the sake of progress, and the idea of nature as the lost object of modern nostalgia and environmental ethos. Prerequisites and Restrictions: One or more 200 level SPA courses above 209 or instructor's permission. Other information: Course will be taught in Spanish.
Maria Gabriela Nouzeilles. L01 1:30 pm – 2:50 pm M; P01 1:30 pm – 2:50 pm W; P01A 1:30 pm – 2:50 pm W.

SPA 547 / LAS 547 Narrative Prose in Latin America - Cuban Cultural History 1868-2017
This course provides an overview of Cuban cultural history from the Ten Years War to the present (1868-2017). Reading widely across historiography, cultural studies, literature, ethnomusicology, and art history, the course also examines primary documents ranging from constitutions to poetry, ethnography, novels, film, and essays. Topics include black political activism in the Republic; women's participation in pre-revolutionary movements, essays and films from the 1960s; post-Special Period genres, etc. Other Requirements: Open to Graduate Students Only.
Rachel L. Price. S01 1:30 pm – 4:20 pm T.


FRS 105 Memory and human rights politics in Contemporary Latin American cultures
How is social memory connected to democratic practices? How have different cultures of memory and human rights developed in Latin America as a response to violence, authoritarianism, and racism? What are their challenges and promises? How do they connect with similar practices in other parts of the world? This course aims to introduce students to the role played by culture in developing different politics of memory and human rights in the recent history of Latin America, from the end of the last military dictatorships to the present. Looking at canonical and marginal literature, testimony, film, photography, cultural critique, museums and sites of memory, the course will analyze how cultural works on memory and human rights have helped to create connections between past and present histories of both violence and resistance. Although the course focuses on Latin America, it will also look at forms of cultural transfer among memory practices from different parts of the world, such as the Holocaust, post-Apartheid South Africa, Black Lives Matter, and Chicano memory practices in the U.S.
Susana Draper. S01 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm W.

FRS 153 Epidemics in World History
Barrett Family Freshman Seminar
This course will use catastrophic encounters between humans and pathogens as starting points for the study of the development of global capitalism since the fourteenth century. Special attention will be paid to six major topics, chronologically arranged: (1) the role of commerce in the spread of disease throughout the Old World; (2) the impact of differential immunities in European expansion, (3) the epidemiological consequences of industrialization and revolution; (4) the parallel rise of bacteriology and modern imperialism; (5) the medical side of twentieth century warfare; and (6) the globalization of disease in the age of AIDS and SARS. Three main themes will dominate our discussions of each of those six topics: We will analyze how the long-distance connections that accompany the development of capitalism had contributed to the spread of infectious disease and how that pathological globalization has in turn contributed to the appeal of isolationism as a political response to the rise of capital. We will also examine how old debates between the role of agency and that of structure can be revisited using pandemics as case studies. Finally, we will discuss the problematic relationship between cosmopolitanism and imperialism as illustrated by the tense relationship between the epidemiology of disease spread and the geopolitics of disease control.
Adrián López Denis. S01 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm W.