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Spring Semester 2012-13

LAS 318 / POL 471 / WWS 498   
Passive Aggressive Diplomacy: US-Latin American Relations
This seminar surveys US-Latin American diplomatic relations. The focus will be on old or recurrent historical myths and disparate perspectives on the nature of hemispheric links. Key Cold War crises will be reviewed, especially as they affect the present. Topics covered: The Clinton, Bush, and Obama administrations' approaches to democracy, security, and economic policies; and new issues in relation to the larger emerging countries (Mexico and Brazil) and Andean governance in the context of the current crisis of globalization and evolving crosscurrents of power in the international system. Other information: Students will also give a short presentation on a book report or policy recommendation paper. The analyses and class participation should be "multidisciplinary" and seek to aid and/or elucidate both US and Latin American attitudes. Ricardo Luna is a former Peruvian Ambassador to the US, UK, and UN.
Ricardo V. Luna. S01 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm W.

LAS 324/SPA 368
Narcocultura: Literature, Theater, Cinema and Music in Latin America, 1990-2012
This course examines literature, music and film from Latin America. It will mainly focus on the recent drug wars that have isolated Latin America as well as the construction of the so called Narcoculture, with special interest in Colombia and Mexico. The course will pay special attention to the political imagination that constructs a new idea of Latin America based on the proliferation of violence and drugs, and the inability of Latin American governments to control the social issues caused by these wars. The course will explore books, TV series, and films. Prerequisites and Restrictions: A 200-level Spanish course or equivalent. Students must be able to understand, read and write in Spanish. The course will be conducted in Spanish but the final may be written in either Spanish or English. Other information: Visiting Professor Jorge Volpi is a literary critic and renowned Mexican writer.
Jorge Volpi Escalante. Schedule: S01 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm T.

LAS 326 / SPA 369
Reporting Latin America: Literature and Journalism
If Latin American literature was once characterized by its exuberant imagination, writers in the 21st Century are doing the opposite: to tell journalistic stories that research and question the limits of normality. Still mostly unread outside Latin America, the "Nueva Crónica" appropriates spaces that were traditionally beyond the competence of literary writing. In this course we will read a wide selection of Latin American literary journalism from Jorge Ibargüengoitia (b. 1928) to Daniel Alarcón (b. 1977) to understand its origins, sociopolitical functions, and the place it occupies as a textual tool to understand contemporary Latin America. Prerequisites and Restrictions:   Students should be able to communicate, read and write in Spanish.The readings are in Spanish. Discussion can be conducted in Spanish, English or both. Other information: Álvaro Enrigue (Mexico, 1969) is the award winning author of four novels and two books of short stories. He has been Literary Editor at Letras Libres magazine and Fondo de Cultura Económica, the reference publishing house for the Spanish language.
Álvaro Enrigue Soler. Schedule: S01 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm M.

LAS 328 / CWR 328
Creative Writing Workshop in Spanish
The writer Julio Cortázar once said the novel wins by accumulating points, while the short story has to do it by knock-out. This workshop is designed to clear the way to self-expression, wiping out the myths that link writing with inspiration. We will use a wide array of tools that will trigger the student's narrative instincts emphasizing the notion of process. We will learn to discuss literary craft in a constructive way and to read as writers, not only reading each other, but also through dissecting successful short stories and texts by writers on writing. We will learn how to write a publishable short story that wins by knock-out. Prerequisites and Restrictions: Completion of a 200-level Spanish course is recommended. The course will be taught in Spanish. Other information:
Álvaro Enrigue (Mexico, 1969) is the award winning author of four novels and two books of short stories. He has been Literary Editor at Letras Libres magazine and Fondo de Cultura Económica, the reference publishing house for the Spanish language.
Álvaro Enrigue Soler. Schedule: 7:30 pm - 10:20 pm W.

LAS 403
Latin American Studies Seminar - Politics/Culture During the Brazilian Military Dictatorship
This seminar focuses on the political, social, economic, and cultural changes that took place in Brazil during the civilian-military dictatorship that ruled the country from 1964-85. Using primary and secondary sources, as well as films and documentaries, we will examine why and how the generals took power, the role the U.S. government played before and after the coup d'etat in Brazilian affairs, the multiple political and cultural forms of opposition that emerged to challenge authoritarian rule, the process that led to democratization, and Brazil's new role as a global player and an economic powerhouse. Prerequisites and Restrictions: This course is open to undergraduate students and graduate students who fulfill one of the following requirements: (a) the student has intermediate knowledge of Portuguese; (b) the student has taken at least one previous course in modern Latin American history or a class related to Brazil; (c) the student has spent time in Brazil; (d) the student is convincingly motivated to learn about recent Brazilian history. Other information: James N. Green is Professor of Brazilian History at Brown University and the author of Beyond Carnival: Male Homosexuality in Twentieth-Century Brazil (Chicago, 1999) and We Cannot Remain Silent: Opposition to the Brazilian Military Dictatorship in the United States (Duke, 2010), among other books. He is currently working on a book about Herbert Daniel, a former Brazilian guerrilla leader and AIDS activist.
James N. Green. Schedule: S01 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm Th.

*LAS 404 / POR 408* CANCELED
Latin American Studies Seminar - Everything is Under Control Examines the appropriation of technology by low income populations and its impact to culture, economy and the public sphere. It investigates copyright and its reform, piracy, internet regulation in the region, and analyzes media structure, cultural and digital policies. Also examines the role of technology (from social networks to cell phones) to cultural production, describing music scenes such as tecnobrega in Brazil or cumbia villera in Argentina. Will discuss the efforts to create an internet bill of rights (aka an anti-SOPA law), and expose students to examples of the digital culture being produced in the peripheries. Prerequisites and Restrictions: Classes and readings will be in English. Materials in Portuguese or Spanish might be suggested, but will not be mandatory. Students pursuing the POR certificate, papers must be written in Portuguese. Other information: Course objectives include: discussing policy debates regarding intellectual property and access to knowledge; introduce students to neglected yet highly popular cultural scenes in Latin America; understand the internet regulation debates in the region and beyond; have a comprehensive understanding of the issue of piracy in emerging economies; understand the transformations of the public sphere, and the copyright reform movements in Brazil and other countries.Ronaldo Lemos da Silva. Schedule: S01 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm W.

LAS 406 / WWS 497
Latin American Studies Seminar - Development Strategies in Latin America from the 1940s to the Present
This course aims to provide undergraduate students with a comprehensive picture of the most important transformations undergone by Latin America in the last decades. The re-democratization process from the 80's came when Latin American economies tended to face high inflation and low economic growth, shaping new challenges. After two decades in struggling to find new paths of recovery and stability, the years 2000 brought new light to Latin America. This course will portray these different phases using country examples to illustrate this trajectory. Emphasis will be given to Brazil because of its impressive social and economic turnaround. Prerequisites and Restrictions: Some background on Development and Social Issues would be helpful. Other information: Students are expected to prepare and attend all class sessions, and participate in class discussions. Success in the course depends first and foremost upon active engagement in the seminar discussions. Required journal articles and book chapters will be posted on the course Blackboard (most of them are also available for purchase at
Lena Lavinas. Schedule: S01 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm F.


ART 268 / LAS 268
Introduction to Mesoamerican Material Culture
This course explores the art and archaeology of Mesoamerica, including the cultures and regions of the Olmec, West Mexico, Teotihuacan, Oaxaca, Maya, and Aztec. From temple pyramids and carved stone monuments located in plaza centers to the broken ceramic sherds and stone tools found in household trash deposits, material culture comprises one of the basic resources archaeologists examine to understand past ways of life. The course will explore the inferences scholars make in the analysis of material remains as well as the ways in which material culture was integral to the making of ancient political, economic, religious, and social systems. Other information: For department concentrators, satisfies the African/Pre-Columbian distribution requirement. Enrollment in precepts will be done using SCORE.
Christina T. Halperin. Schedule: L01 12:30 pm - 1:20 pm M W; P01 2:30 pm - 3:20 pm W; P02 3:30 pm - 4:20 pm W.

COM 238 / LAS 238
Contemporary Latin American Literature
This course is an introduction to the study of contemporary Latin American literature and visual arts. Placing special emphasis on the changing relationships between aesthetics and politics, we will analyze the emergence of different contemporary genres and themes, covering the most important tropes and problems that have configured contemporary Latin American culture (from magical realism and testimonio to the present). Class will be conducted in English; readings will be available in translation and in the original language.
Susana Draper. Schedule: S01 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm W.

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 peopling 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. Prerequisites and Restrictions: Prerequisites: 211, and 321 and enrollment in the EEB Spring Semester in tropical ecology program in Panama.
Dolores R. Piperno & Andrew S. Ugan. Schedule: L01 TBA; B01 TBA.

EEB 338 / LAS 351
Tropical Biology
"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). Students carry out individual projects at the sites. Fieldwork is supported by six orientation walks that introduce participants to common orders and families of plants and arthropods. Prerequisites and Restrictions: EEB 321 and enrollment in the EEB Spring semester tropical biology program in Panama. Open to Juniors Only.
Yves F. Basset. Schedule: L01 TBA; B01 TBA.

HIS 304 / LAS 304
Modern Latin America since 1810
This course surveys the main themes of Latin American History from independence to the present. The main focus is on the interaction between states and citizens, social relations, and economic development.
Robert A. Karl. Schedule: L01 10:00 am - 10:50 am M W; P01 TBA.

LAO 200 / SOC 341 / LAS 336
Latinos in American Life and Culture
This course will consider how Latinos are transforming the United States socially, politically, and culturally even as they themselves change in the process. Topics to be examined include the social and cultural significance of "Latino" or "Hispanic" as an ethnic or racial category, how Latinos fit into the American social system, ethnic and cultural identities, their educational and health outcomes, the implications of the unprecedented geographic dispersal of Latinos, and their growing contribution and impact on mainstream and other types of culture including music, literature, and language. Other information: Active participation in precept is expected.
Edward E. Telles. Schedule: L01 10:00 am - 10:50 am T Th; P01 11:00 am - 11:50 am Th; P02 TBA.

POR 304 / LAS 311 / MUS 300
Topics in Brazilian Cultural and Social History - Music and the Atlantic World
This course focuses on major aspects of Brazilian music, history and society. How did vibrant and rich musical traditions emerge from the confluence of transatlantic diasporas? What are the potentials and limits of studying music as a way of generating insight into racial relations, religion, globalization, popular culture and national identity? We will discuss European and African diasporas; modernization (urbanization, radio, etc.); utopian explosions of the 1960s; the digital era. Students will experience some of the most exciting and memorable musical expressions of the past century, including samba, bossa nova, rap, and choro. Prerequisites and Restrictions: POR 208 or instructor's permission. Other information: Music by Caetano Veloso, Chico Buarque, João Gilberto, Tom Jobim, Luis Gonzaga, Racionais MC's, Cartola, Clementina de Jesus, Nelson Cavaquinho, Criolo, Noel Rosa and others.
Bruno M. Carvalho. Schedule: C01 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm M.

POR 306 / LAS 360 / ARC 307 / SPA 360
Urban Modernism and Its Discontents
This interdisciplinary course explores some of the tensions between modernization projects and cultural production during the late 19th and 20th centuries, examining representations of the city in literature (poetry and prose), maps, film, painting, photography, and music. We will focus on the cultures and histories of major cities in the Spanish and Portuguese-speaking worlds. Topics include Rio de Janeiro's favelas and the potential consequences of the 2016 Olympics; the architectural history of Brazil's modernist capital; Mexico City's explosion into a megalopolis. Other information: The class will be conducted entirely in English. If a student is pursuing a POR or a SPA certificate, however, written work is to be completed in the target language. To receive credit for a PLAS certificate, the final paper must be written on a Latin American city and a copy must be submitted to PLAS. The class also awards credit for the Urban Studies certificate.
Bruno M. Carvalho. Schedule: C01 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm Th.

POR 562 / LAS 562 / SPA 583   
Luso-Brazilian Seminar - Around the Margin
Lévi-Strauss used to say that he hated traveling. Yet, traveling made him more aware of his own point of departure. The aim of this seminar is to explore different accounts of displacement, thus asking how writers deal with liminal spaces, and how margins make them step in new narrative forms. Through the analysis of fiction and travel books, we will look for those moments when, in Ricardo Piglia's words, "what we can imagine always exists in another scale, in another time, clear and far from us, like a dream". Other information: Seminar will be conducted in Portuguese, though discussions can be held in Portuguese, English or Spanish. This seminar can be used to fulfill the Graduate Certificate in Latin American Studies. Other Requirements: Not Open to Freshmen.
Pedro Meira Monteiro. Schedule: S01 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm W.

REL 278 / LAS 278 / LAO 278
Histories and Themes in Mexican Religion
This course is a thematic exploration of Mexican religion from the sixteenth century on. Students will read secondary and primary readings and will think through concepts like: "popular" and local religion; "spiritual conquest" vs. religious negotiation; visual devotional culture; and spiritual geography. They will learn about histories of: religious orders and Native Americans; religion and "American Baroque" religiosity; the impact of Bourbon Reforms on religious practice; the Church and state in the post- independence period; and popular participation in religious rebellion in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
Jessica Delgado. Schedule: C01 11:00 am - 12:20 pm T Th.

SOC 310 / LAS 310 / GSS 312
Gender and Development in the Americas
This course examines gender as an integral component of socio-economic development in the United States and areas of Latin America. We give attention to processes of industrial restructuring on a global scale that have increased the participation of women in the labor force and transformed men's employment alternatives. The relationship between gender inequality and social order is a central focus. We give special attention to liberal and Marxian approaches in economics.
Ana M. Goldani. Schedule: L01 1:30 pm - 2:20 pm M W; P01 TBA.

SPA 222 / LAS 222 / LAO 222
Introduction to Latin American Cultures
This course offers an introduction to modern Latin American literature and culture. It focuses on the complex ways in which cultural and intellectual production anticipates, participates in, and responds to political, social, and economic transformations in the 20th and 21st centuries. Through a wide spectrum of sources (essays, fiction, poetry, film, and art), students will study and discuss some of the most relevant issues in Latin American modern history, such as modernity, democracy, identity, gender, memory, and social justice. Prerequisites and Restrictions: SPA 207 or higher, or instructor's permission. Other information: Course taught in Spanish.
Javier E. Guerrero. Schedule: C01 11:00 am - 12:20 pm T Th.

SPA 227 / LAS 227

Contemporary Issues in Spain and/or Latin America
The course focuses on current political, social, and cultural issues in Argentina, including social movements, the long-term effects of the 2001 financial crisis, new developments in film, tango and rock, environmental policy, international tourism, and economic changes. The course will give students an introduction to present day events and trends, mostly through a perusal and analysis of pieces from the local press, recent scholarly research, websites, short fiction, and film and documentaries. Prerequisites and Restrictions: SPA 207 or instructor's permission.
Gabriela Nouzeilles. Schedule: L01 11:00 am - 12:20 pm M; P01 11:00 am - 12:20 pm W; P01A 11:00 am - 12:20 pm W.

SPA 319 / LAS 325
Topics in Cinema and Culture - Latin American Film - Poetics and Politics of the Third World
An exploration of a series of critically acclaimed contemporary Latin American films, accompanied by readings that provide a theoretical and historical framework for its analysis. Topics to be discussed, among others: subalternity and the Third World; sexual and racial politics; postcolonial poetics; genocide; cultural hybridism and mestizaje; dictatorship and populism; biopolitical fantasies. Prerequisites and Restrictions: SPA 207 or higher, or instructor's permission. Other information: Course taught in Spanish.
Javier E. Guerrero. Schedule: S01 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm Th.

SPA 344 / LAS 344
Literature and Society in Early Latin America
For a long time, Early Latin American History has been studied from colonial, national or Eurocentric points of view. This course will introduce the students to other insights, connected to contemporary debates and questions. We shall travel through the societies and cultures covered by the Iberian empires in order to define the modalities of Iberian Globalization. Special importance will be given to the processes of mestizaje as a crucial to this globalization. We will analyze the historical links between America, Islam, China and Christian Europe in order to open up the study of the New World to its real global context. Prerequisites and Restrictions:
A 200-level Spanish course or instructor's permission. Other information: Taught in Spanish. [NOTE: LAS Concentrators 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.]
Serge M. Gruzinski. Schedule: S01 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm W.

SPA 350 / LAS 349
Topics in Latin American Cultural Studies - 1968 Mexico - the Arts and Politics of Social Change
1968 was a year of turbulence and creative political innovation throughout the world. The eruption of powerful student movements and counter-cultures produced a rich stage for thinking about the relations between arts and politics in the elaboration of social change. Although we will read about the events of 1968 that occurred in other places like Paris and Prague, this course focuses on the arts and writings related to the events that took place in Mexico. Social change, political innovation, and creative thought are themes that we will explore through essays, literature, and film related to the events. Prerequisites and Restrictions: A 200-level Spanish course or instructor's permission. The course will be taught in Spanish. [NOTE: LAS Concentrators 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.]
Susana Draper. Schedule: S01 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm T.

SPA 352 / LAS 356 / AAS 363
Topics in the Politics of Writing and Difference - Cuban Literature of Slavery
A course on the relationship between Cuban literature and slavery. Explicitly "Cuban" literature emerged from the literary salon of Domingo del Monte, a 19th century reformist with ties to British abolitionism, and early works focused on the island's massive slave industry. We will read several anti-slavery novels, emphasizing ties to transatlantic Romanticism and sentimental literature, and generic conventions more generally. Also: the only known Spanish-language slave autobiography; an oral history from an ex-slave; the diary of a bounty-hunter; psychoanalysis, and modern Cuban representations of slavery, including films. Prerequisites and Restrictions: One 200-level SPA course on literature or culture or instructor's permission. Not Open to Freshmen.
Rachel L. Price. Schedule: C01 1:30 pm - 2:50 pm M W.


AAS 312 / ENG 395
Migration and Exile in Caribbean Literature and Culture
This class analyzes Caribbean literature, art, and other cultural products from the late 18th to the current century to trace the cultural/historical significance of Caribbean migrants and exiles. Using this lens, we explore critical moments in Caribbean and global history. [NOTE: LAS Concentrators must write their final paper on a Spanish or French speaking Caribbean topic and provide a copy of the final paper to PLAS in order to receive certificate credit.]
Dixa Ramírez . Schedule: S01 3:00 pm - 4:20 pm M W.

ECS 321 / SPA 333
Cultural Systems - Proust, Freud, Borges
An overview of three of the most influential writers in the twentieth century. All three were fascinated by similar topics: dreams and memory; sexuality; Judaism. All three also lived during traumatic historical periods. Proust during WWI; Freud during WWII; and Borges during Peronismo. Seminar will explore how these varied historical contexts influenced three very different theories of writing. Other topics include the writers and their relation to modernism, politics, and religion. [NOTE: LAS Concentrators 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.]
Rubén Gallo . Schedule: S01 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm M.

FRS 102
Democracy and Development in Latin America
This course examines the paths of Latin American political and economic development. We will employ relevant theoretical literature and case studies to analyze different development models adopted in the region, as well as patterns of temporal and intra-regional variation. We will give particular focus to the impact of these models on democratic regimes, economic growth and social justice in the region. Readings are organized into three major blocks: the first block will focus on the post-war period until the breakdown of democratic regimes in the mid-1960s, and discussion topics will include modernization, dependency theory, corporatism and populism, establishing the conceptual foundations for the remainder of the course. The second block will be devoted to the determinants and consequences of the spread of neoliberalism observed in the 1980s and 1990s, and to how this process relates to countries’ re-democratization occurring in the same period. The third block will look at the political and economic significance of the recent re-emergence of left-wing governments in Latin America. Other Requirements: Open to Freshmen Only.
Daniela Campello . Schedule: S01 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm T.

FRS 180
Race and the History of Racism in Brazil: An Alternative to the United States?
In his memoirs, President Barack Obama refers to the day his mother took him to the movies to see a Brazilian film from the 1950s that depicted “black and brown” Brazilians singing and dancing in carnival-like manner in the streets of Rio de Janeiro. Obama’s description of the moment he looked at his mother’s face is poignant, and can make us think about the role Brazil has played in the imagination of those who, in the United States, think about race and the history of racism throughout the world. Obama writes: “Her face, lit by the blue glow of the screen, was set in a wistful gaze. At that moment, I felt as if I were being given a window into her heart, the unreflective heart of her youth. I suddenly realized that the depiction of childlike blacks I was now seeing on the screen, the reverse image of Conrad’s dark savages, was what my mother had carried with her to Hawaii all those years before, a reflection of the simple fantasies that had been forbidden to a white middle-class girl from Kansas, the promise of another life: warm, sensual, exotic, different.”
Like the United States, Brazil has a long history of slavery and racism, but differently from the United States, Brazil has not postulated any “one-drop rule” to establish color lines in a segregationist manner. This may explain profound differences between the two nations and their histories and cultures, but at the same time it reveals a common fascination by a racially mixed and hybrid society, one in which differences between individuals would be less clear, be they based in color or phenotypical traces, or linked to biology or economic and social status. Obama’s passage is key for the discussions we will be holding during this seminar. We will explore questions such as: Why is it that Brazil so often seduces the rest of the world as being a colorful and supposedly less racialized society? How is it possible that, in the 1930s, Brazil was just one step from racial apartheid, at the same time that it was seen as a “melting pot”? Is “racial democracy” as a concept just an infamous invention that hides oblique and nonetheless cruel forms of racism in Brazil? Is racial democracy just a myth? But if it is a myth, what does a myth tell about the society that invented it? If “race matters,” as per Cornel West’s witty expression, does it matter equally in different countries? Is “affirmative action” something that only makes sense in the United States, but not in Brazil? How do we understand a society that is democratic on its surface, with mixed and hybrid cultural demonstrations (such as in music, arts and sports), but which at the same time discriminates between its people socially — in the work environment, in terms of justice — as can be seen throughout its history?
Addressing these and other questions, we’ll analyze a variety of sources (literature, painting, newspaper articles, film, music and demographic data) in order to understand how race has been conceived in Brazil in different and rich ways, and how Brazilians often think of themselves as an “alternative” to the United States. Finally, we will understand how Brazil can be so deeply paradoxical, and how, despite being the last country to abolish slavery in the Western world (1888), it was long considered the “country of the future,” at once the cradle of racial democracy and a repository of urban violence, as exposed in the media through the typical drug lords in the “favelas,” most of them “black and brown” young people.
While students who take this seminar don’t need to know Portuguese necessarily, they are strongly encouraged to start learning Portuguese, either in the fall or the spring semester of their freshman year.
Other Requirements: Open to Freshmen Only.
Pedro Meira Monteiro. Schedule: S01 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm Th.

POR 208   
Journeys in Portuguese: Studies in Language and Culture
Designed as a journey through the Lusophone world this course seeks to present the Portuguese language in context by exploring historical, social, political and cultural aspects of Brasil, Portugal, and Lusophone Africa through the media, literature, film, music and other realia. Students will increase their fluency and accuracy in both written and spoken Portuguese, broadening their vocabulary and mastery of syntax through textual analysis, discussions, oral presentations and grammar review. An advanced language course and overview of the Lusophone world, POR 208 seeks to prepare students for further study of literature and culture. Prerequisites and Restrictions: POR 109 or instructor's permission. [NOTE: LAS Concentrators 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.]
Nicola T. Cooney. Schedule: C01 1:30 pm - 2:50 pm T Th.

POR 210   
Portuguese Language and Culture through Cinema
This course will examine a number of recurring cultural topics in Portuguese-language cinema from Africa, Brazil and Europe, such as personal transformations of characters against the backdrop of political turmoil, unusual representations of urban spaces and movement between centers and peripheries. We will situate works within their socio-historical context, explore linguistic regionalisms and registers and analyze cinematography and the process of literary adaptation. Discussions, readings, vocabulary exercises and papers will further increase students' fluency in written and spoken Portuguese. Prerequisites and Restrictions:
POR 208 or instructor's permission. Other information: Films will include: A Costa dos Murmúrios (Margarida Cardoso, 2004) O Gotejar da Luz (Fernando Vendrell, 2002) Vidas Secas (Nelson Pereira dos Santos, 1963) O Caminho das Nuvens (Vicente Amorim, 2003) São Paulo S/A (Luiz Sérgio Person, 1965) Edifício Master (Eduardo Coutinho, 2002) Oxalá Cresçam Pitangas (Ondjaki, 2006). [NOTE: LAS Concentrators 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.]
Nicola T. Cooney. Schedule: C01 3:00 pm - 4:20 pm T Th.

SOC 340 / REL 390
God of Many Faces: Comparative Perspectives on Migration and Religion
Immigrants often experience discrimination in areas of destination. Religion can strengthen their sense of worth, particularly when the circumstances surrounding departure from the country of origin are traumatic, as with exiles and refugees. We take a comparative approach and use examples from the United States, Asia, Europe, and Latin America. The course broaches questions such as: how does religion transform (and how is it transformed by) the immigrant experience? When is religion used to combat stereotypes? Are there differences between the way men and women or dominant groups and racial minorities understand religion? [NOTE: LAS Concentrators 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.]
Patricia Fernández-Kelly . Schedule: L01 12:30 pm - 1:20 pm M W; P01 TBA.

SPA 207   
Studies in Spanish Language and Style
SPA 207 is an advanced Spanish language course. Its main goal is to increase students' fluency and accuracy in oral and written Spanish, and to prepare them for higher-level literature and culture classes offered by the Department. Although Spanish 207 is primarily a language course, language is studied in its contexts of use, as a form of action and an enactment of cultural meanings and social relations. This contextual value of language is considered through literary texts, films, press articles, etc. Prerequisites and Restrictions: SPA 107 or SPA 108. Also open to students who have completed their Spanish language requirement through the placement test or an AP 5/SP SAT ST 760 score. Offered both semesters.
Alberto Bruzos Moro . Schedule: C01 9:00 am - 9:50 am M W F; C02 10:00 am - 10:50 am M W F; C02A 10:00 am - 10:50 am M W F;
C03 12:30 pm - 1:20 pm M W F; C03A 12:30 pm - 1:20 pm M W F; C03B 12:30 pm - 1:20 pm M W F.

SPA 209   
Spanish Language and Culture through Cinema
Spanish 209 is a course designed mainly to improve your speaking abilities while learning about Hispanic cultures and cinema. Moreover, throughout the semester there will be several writing exercises that will help you to improve your writing abilities. Every movie will be discussed in class. Additionally, each student will watch a supplementary film. By the end of the course, students should have a better command of all their linguistic skills, especially listening comprehension and speaking. Prerequisites and Restrictions: SPA 107 (with instructor's permission); or SPA 108; or SPA 207. [NOTE: LAS Concentrators 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.]
Alberto Bruzos Moro. Schedule: C01 11:00 am - 12:20 pm T Th.

SPA 224
Hispanic Studies: Introduction to Cultural Analysis
An introduction to the analysis of contemporary cultural texts (narrative, poetry, film, photography, painting, music) from Latin America and Spain, with the support of various theoretical ideas (metafiction, intertextuality, death of the author, the other, mourning and melancholia, the uncanny, orientalism). The course's main objective is to provide students with a set of strong analytical skills, which will be of great help in 300-level literature/culture courses. Prerequisites and Restrictions: Another SPA 200-level course or instructor's permission. Other Requirements: Not Open to Seniors. [NOTE: LAS Concentrators 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.]
Manuel-Angel G. Loureiro . Schedule: C01 1:30 pm - 2:50 pm M W.

SPA 547
Narrative Prose in Latin America - 19th Century Caribbean networks
Course couples readings in network & systems theory with an examination of crucial networks defining the 19th century Caribbean and its literature: revolution, gossip, (masonería) and (Abakuá), slavery and anti-slavery movements, romanticism and affect, burgeoning print culture and censorship. How do period genres feed & respond to such networks? Other Requirements: Open to Graduate Students Only. [NOTE: LAS Concentrators must write their final paper on a Spanish or French speaking Caribbean topic and provide a copy of the final paper to PLAS in order to receive certificate credit.]
Rachel L. Price . Schedule: S01 4:30 pm - 7:20 pm M.

SPA 550   
Seminar in Colonial Spanish American Literature - New World Historiography-Iberian Chroniclers in a Global Perspective
Writing History from the New World: How XVIth Century History, a provincial set of knowledges elaborated in Western Europe and Northern Italy, became, once applied and adapted to the New World, a discipline able to interpret non Western pasts and societies. The course will compare standard Humanist Italian History (Bruni, Machiavel, Guicciardini), Portuguese History of Asia (Barros, Couto) and the new forms of history writing appearing in the New World during the XVIth century. Special attention will be given this semester to figures like Cortes and Motolinia who began writing Mexican and American History. Other Requirements: Not Open to Freshmen. Other information: Spanish and Portuguese required, Latin and Italian would help. [NOTE: LAS Concentrators 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.]
Serge M. Gruzinski. Schedule: S01 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm T.