AAS 328/LAS 328/POR 328
Race Relations and Black Identities in Post-Emancipation Brazil
This seminar offers an extensive review of the sociological literature on race relations and Black movements in Brazil, from Abolitionism to present day’s debates on affirmative actions and the place of Blacks in Brazilian academy. Our goal is to strengthen the theoretical background of students in the social sciences interested in doing field research in Brazil or in Race Politics.
Antonio Sérgio Alfredo Guimarães. Schedule: S01 1:30pm - 4:20 W.
ART 267/LAS 267
Introduction to Mesoamerican Visual Culture
This course explores the visual and archaeological world of ancient Mesoamerica, from the first arrival of humans in the area until the era of Spanish invasion in the early 16th century. Major culture groups to be considered include Olmec, Maya, and Aztec. Preceptorial sections will consist of a mix of theoretically-focused discussions, debate regarding opposing interpretations in scholarship, and hands-on work with objects in the collections of the Princeton University Art Museum. Other Information: Course can serve as a component of the Archaeology concentration.
Bryan R. Just. Schedule: L01 3:30pm - 4:20 MW.
COM 238/LAS 238
Contemporary Latin American Literature
This course is an introduction to the study of contemporary Latin American literature and visual arts. It will provide the student with essential tools to critically read and analyze texts from different traditions and styles. By placing special emphasis on the problem of space, history, bodies, freedom, and politics, the course will analyze the emergence of different contemporary genres such as neo-realism, neo-detective, and neo-picaresque fiction. The aim is that the student will become familiar with the most important themes in contemporary Latin American writing.
Susan Draper . Schedule: L01 1:30pm - 2:50 TTh.
COM 382/LAS 382
Colonialism, Technology and the Environment in Latin America
This course will explore Spanish colonialism, technology, and the environment in the 16th, 17th, and 18th centuries. We will look at Spanish imperial scientific and technical expansion, as well as Creole and national narratives in order to provide a genealogy of the modern notion of “natural resources” in colonial Latin America. We will investigate how imperial practices such as cartography, metallurgy and botanical knowledge laid the foundations of the Scientific Revolution and modern ideals of the Enlightenment by understanding nature in terms of raw material and standing reserve.
Orlando N. Bentancor . Schedule: L01 2:30pm – 3:20 MWF.
EEB 332/LAS 350
Pre-Columbian Peoples of Tropical America and their Environments
The pre-European history of Amerind cultures and their associated environments in the New World tropics will be studied. Topics to be covered include the people of tropical America; development of hunting/gathering and agricultural economies; neotropical climate and vegetation history; and the art, symbolism, and social organization of native Americans. Field and laboratory experiences will incorporate methods and problems in field archaeology, paleoenthnobotany and paleoecology, and archaeozoology. Limited to juniors in the Tropical Ecology Program in Panama. Prerequisites and Restrictions: EEB 210 or 211, and 321. Enrollment in the EEB Spring Semester in tropical ecology program in Panama.
Richard Cooke and Delores R. Piperno. Schedule: L01 TBA, B01 TBA.
EEB 338 /LAS 351
“Tropical Biology” is an intensive, three-week field course given at four sites in Panama, examining the origins, maintenance and major interactions among terrestrial plants and animals. The course provides the opportunity to appreciate (1) floral and faunal turnover among four rainforest sites (beta-diversity); and (2) floral and faunal turnover along vertical gradients, from ground to upper canopy, at two rainforest sites (vertical stratification). Fieldwork is supported by six orientation walks that introduce participants to common orders and families of plants and arthropods. Other Information: Students carry out group and individual projects in the field. Orientation lectures and informal walks help them choose projects, and report on them with scientific standards. Group and individual projects aiming at testing particular hypotheses with basic statistics are suggested, but students are encouraged to propose their own. Students report on all projects in Word documents following standard publication guidelines and deliver informal PowerPoint presentations before the class. Other Requirements: Open to Juniors only.
Yves F. Basset. Schedule: L01 TBA, B01 TBA.
HIS 408/LAS 408
Selected Topics in 20th Century Latin America: US - Latin American Relations Since 1898
This course examines the evolution of U.S.-Latin American relations since the War of 1898. We will explore the political, social, economic and cultural dimension of U.S. interventions south of the border.
Jeremy I. Adelman. Schedule: S01 1:30pm - 4:20 M.
LAS 402/HIS 402
Latin American Studies Seminar:
Human Rights Activism in Latin America, 1970s-1990s
Focusing on Argentina, Chile, and Uruguay, this course examines the birth and development of movements that protested human rights violations by right-wing authoritarian regimes in the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s. We will explore some of the basic concerns that scholars have raised about authoritarianism in late 20th century South America. The class will also analyze the first efforts at denunciation launched by political exiles and transnational networks, the formation of groups of victims' relatives, the role of human rights claims, and the ways in which the post-transitional democratic governments faced these calls for accountability.
Vania Markarian. Schedule: S01 1:30pm - 4:20 T.
LAS 404/POL 436
Latin American Studies Seminar:
The Politics of Constitutional Change in Latin America
The purpose of this seminar is to analyze the politics of constitutional change from a theoretical and comparative perspective. We will discuss different approaches to constitutional stability and change and apply them to explain selected cases of constitutional reform in Latin America. The seminar is divided into three sections: concepts and approaches, institutional design and variation, and constitution making episodes. We conclude with a discussion about the impact of constitutional design on democratic performance.
Gabriel L. Negretto. Schedule: S01 1:30pm - 4:20 W.
POL 431/LAS 431
Seminar in Comparative Politics: Latin American Political Economy
This seminar covers selected topics in the political economy of Latin America. The main emphasis will be on the international and domestic roots of the neo-liberal economic reforms since the 1980s. We will pay special attention to the debate about the extent to which these reforms were compatible with democratic politics. We will also analyze the role of economic crisis as a driver of reforms and the implications of the region's high income inequality for the prospects of democracy and economic liberalism in Latin America. Other Requirements: Not open to Freshmen.
Grigore Pop-Eleches. Schedule: S01 1:30pm - 4:20 Th.
POR 301/LAS 303
Modern Brazilian Literature and Culture
What happens when music and literature meet? How does a literary project convert itself into music? And what if music itself turns into literature? We will address these and other issues in order to answer the question posed by literary critic and musician Jose Miguel Wisnik: How does it happen that in Brazil a popular singer like Caetano Veloso can be the most profound critic of its major writer, Guimarães Rosa? And what if that criticism is nothing but a song? From the act of listening to music to the close reading of literature, we will come to understand why Brazil is so often identified as a richly 'musical' country. Prerequisites and Restrictions: POR 208 or instructor's permission. Other Information: Readings (of poetry, prose and song lyrics) will be mainly in Portuguese. Classes will be taught in Portuguese, though discussions can be held in Spanish or English.
Pedro Meira Monteiro .Schedule: C01 11:00am - 12:20 TTh.
SPA 222/LAS 222
Introduction to Latin American Cultures
This class offers an introduction to modern Spanish American literature and criticism organized around basic questions on reading, writing and culture. What does literature say about history, politics, identity and culture in Spanish America, and how does it say it? How can we write about literature? Prerequisites and Restrictions: SPA 107 or 108, although another 200-level class (particularly SPA 207) is strongly suggested. Students who already took SPA 222 are not allowed to enroll in this class. Other Information: Course conducted in Spanish. Students are expected to actively participate in all class discussions.
Gabriela Nouzeilles. Schedule: L01 11:00am – 12:20 T, P01 11:00am – 12:20 Th, P01A 11:00am – 12:20 Th.
SPA 332/LAS 332
Modern Latin American Poetry
An introduction to the major poets and poetic trends in modern Latin America and the Caribbean, spanning the period from the end of the 19th century to the present. Intensive readings of texts by José Martí, Rubén Darío, Vicente Huidobro, César Vallejo, Pablo Neruda, Luis Palés Matos, Gabriela Mistral, Julia de Burgos, Jorge Luis Borges, Rosario Castellanos, and José Emilio Pacheco. Special attention to songs and lyrics by Violeta Parra, Silvio Rodríguez, Pablo Milanés, Violeta Parra, Spinetta and Carlos Varela. Emphasis on close textual analysis and class discussions. Readings and discussions in Spanish. Prerequisites and Restrictions: A 200-level Spanish course or instructor’s permission. Other Information: Course will be conducted entirely in Spanish.
Arcadio Díaz-Quiñones. Schedule: L01 1:30pm – 2:50 T, P01 1:30pm - 2:50 Th, P01A 1:30pm – 2:50 Th, P02 3:00pm – 4:20 Th.
SPA 345/LAS 345/COM 383
Topics in Latin American Literature and Ideology: Octavio Paz
This seminar will provide an overview of Octavio Paz's writings from the 1930s until his death in 1998, as well as a discussion of his intellectual dialogue with Georges Bataille. Paz, winner of the Nobel Prize for literature, is a crucial figure in 20th century literature. We will study his poetry, his writings on India and the Far East, and his dialogue with theorists from the College de Sociologie, including Bataille, Roger Caillois, and Michel Leiris. We will compare Paz’s and Bataille’s approaches to eroticism, literature, and theoretical concepts like expenditure, abjection, and excess. Other Information: Course will be taught in English. Written work must be done in Spanish if Concentrator or Certificate applicant.
Rubén Gallo. Schedule: S01 1:30pm - 4:20 W.
SPA 350/LAS 349
Topics in Latin American Cultural Studies:
Dictatorship and Transition in Southern Cone Cultures
This course will focus on canonical and recent cultural production within the experience of dictatorship and post-dictatorship in Southern Cone countries. We will analyze the crisis of representation and the configuration of the transition in terms of reorganization of space, time, and visuality. The course includes canonical and non-canonical literature and cultural critique on the dictatorship and the transition, as well as visual materials dealing with the problematization of the gaze and the normalization of violence after the military regimes. Prerequisites and Restrictions: A 200-level Spanish course or instructor’s permission. Other Information: The course will be taught in Spanish.
Susana Draper. Schedule: S01 3:00pm - 4:20 TTh.
SPA 351/LAS 347
Topics in the Culture of Cities: Mexico City, Havana, Buenos Aires
This course will focus on the influence of modernism (and its architectural, artistic, and literary versions) on three Latin American cities during the 1950s: Buenos Aires, Havana, and Mexico City. We will examine the history of such large-scale transformations by reading texts on urban planning by Le Corbusier and his Latin American disciples, as well as criticism of the modernist city by its numerous detractors, like Marshall Berman and Jane Jacobs. We will consider the debates about the modernist legacy in Latin America as we read novels and watch films representing these three cities during the 1950's. Other Requirements: Not open to Freshmen. Prerequisites and Restrictions: Department of Spanish & Portuguese concentrators and certificate candidates, as well as LAS Concentrators, will be required to write all papers in Spanish in order to receive credit. Other Information: Course conducted in English. If course is closed, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to be placed on a waiting list.
Rubén Gallo. Schedule: C01 7:30pm - 10:20 Th.