AMS 346/SOC 341/LAS 336
Latinos in American Life and Culture
This seminar will consider how Latinos are transforming the United States even as they evolve as a people. We will discuss Hispanicity as a hybrid ethno-racial identity, debate the ethical dilemmas posed by undocumented immigration, evaluate the social implications of Hispanics’ unprecedented geographic dispersal, and explore what the burgeoning second generation portends for the future contours of social and economic inequality, future political influence, and the cultural imprints through music, literature and bilingualism.
Marta Tienda. Schedule: S01 1:30pm–4:20 M.
ART 468/LAS 468
The Art and Politics of Ancient Maya Courts
This course explores royal Maya courts of the 7th and 8th centuries, with particular attention given to art and writing. We will consider in depth several of the most impressive Maya courts. Regular decipherment assignments will complement assigned readings. A spring recess trip to Chiapas, Mexico, is a mandatory component of the course (funded by Princeton). Students will conduct independent research on a topic of their choosing, presenting their findings both as an oral presentation and as a term paper. Other Information: For Program 1, department majors satisfies African/Pre-Columbian distribution requirement. For Program 3, satisfies Pre-Columbian distribution requirement.
Bryan R. Just. Schedule: S01 1:30pm–4:20 W.
EEB 332/LAS 350
Pre-Columbian Peoples of Tropical American 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. Prerequisites and Restrictions: EEB 210 or EEB 211, and EEB 321; and enrollment in the EEB Spring Semester Tropical Biology Program in Panama.
Richard Cooke, 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). Students carry out group and 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.
Yves F. Basset. Schedule: L01 TBA, B01 TBA.
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.
Vera S. Candiani. Schedule: L01 10:00am-10:50 MW. P01 TBA.
LAS 402/SPA 420
Latin American Studies Seminar: Distant Dialogues: Cuban Literature of the Diaspora
The course will analyze the most recent fiction and non-fiction by Cuban authors living outside Cuba. Though many of them nostalgically revisit their experience in the island, they tend to surpass the frontal critic of recent Cuban history and a clear intention of overcoming the national referential frame; the works either resort to allegorical approaches or establish fruitful dialogues with their current foreign surroundings. These authors turn to allegory and fables, thus their approaches are more oblique. Though a narrative of much effectiveness, the Cuban situation is never mentioned directly, nor portrayed in a conventional or realistic way.
José Manuel Prieto. Schedule: S01 1:30pm–4:20 M.
POL 354/LAS 357
Social Revolutions: Latin America in Comparative Perspective
Through the analysis of a range of historical cases, this course considers the factors underlying the emergence and success of revolutions, as well as the process by which they unfold. Readings are drawn from classics in political science and sociology, as well as research conducted more recently. Cases include Russia, Cuba, Iran, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Guatemala, Peru, and Colombia. Prerequisites and Restrictions: None, though a course in comparative politics or sociology is highly recommended.
Hillel D. Soifer. Schedule: L01 9:00am–9:50 MW, P01 3:30pm–4:20pm W, P02 TBA.
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 neoliberal 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 crises 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.
Grigore Pop-Eleches. Schedule: S01 1:30pm–4:20 T.
POR 221/LAS 223
Introduction to the Literature and Culture of the Portuguese-Speaking World
The course explores the relations between Brazilian poetry and song lyrics. We will analyze the cultural repercussions of the presence of Brazilian poets in the realm of music. With Modernism, popular music was incorporated into the main trends of high culture, and helped to define its new social scope. Later, poets as Vinicius de Moraes and F. Gullar engaged in Bossa Nova and Tropicalismo. The Concrete poets stimulated the alliance of avant-garde experimental music and Tropicalism, an alliance that persists today, in poets such as A. Cicer and Arnaldo Antunes. Prerequisites and Restrictions: POR 208 or instructor’s permission.
Pedro Meira Monteiro. Schedule: C01 7:30pm–10:20 W.
POR 301/LAS 303
Modern Brazilian Literature and Culture
An introduction to Brazilian Literature through the study of the representations of the city and of the urban spaces in poetry, contemporary narrative and film. Readings will range from Mario De Andrade’s Paculicéia Desvairada (Hallucinated City) and from São Paulo as an emergent metropolis in the 20’s, to the decayed lyricism of some bohemian and suburban zones. The failed utopianism of Brasilia will be discussed through the ambivalences of the avant-gardes of the 60’s. We will also read short stories of R. Fonseca portraying Rio de Janeiro’s violent city life and its representations on Brazilian contemporary cinema. Prerequisites and Restrictions: POR 207, POR 208 or instructor’s permission. Other Information: The classes will be illustrated by photographs and digital images. Film screenings will also be scheduled. Classes will be taught in Portuguese, the main readings will be in Portuguese and two short papers must be written in Portuguese.
Jussara M. Quadros. C01 7:30pm–10:20 T.
SOC 248/LAS 248
Modern Mexican Society
An introduction to social, political, and economic organization of modern Mexico. The course traces the evolution of Mexico’s fundamental institutions from their birth after the Mexican Revolution of 1910, through their flowering during the 1950s and 1960s, to changes in the neoliberal era of the 1980s and 1990s. The course ends with a consideration of Mexico’s current position as a partner in the North American Free Trade Agreement.
Douglas S. Massey. Schedule: L01 11:00am–11:50 MW, P01 TBA.
SOC 310/LAS 310
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 inequaility and social order is a central focus. We give special attention to liberal and Marxian approaches in economic.
Ana M. Goldani. Schedule: L01 1:30pm–2:20 MW, PO1 TBA.
SOC 315/LAS 316/AAS 315
Race, Ethnicity and Nationalism in Latin America
A wide range of issues regarding race, ethnicity and nationalism in Latin America will be examined. We will explore the basic sociological, political and cultural concepts of nation, race and ethnicity emphasizing how they are used in the region. Race and ethnicity have taken on special meanings (comparatively race and ethnicity are distinct from other regions) in Latin America. Much of the course will focus on how that came about and how race is manifested. Comparisons to the U.S. will be emphasized as will comparisons across countries within Latin America. The course will cover populations of African and indigenous origins.
Edward E. Telles. Schedule: L01 1:30pm–2:20 TTh, P01 TBA.
SPA 222/LAS 222
Introduction to Latin American Cultures
This course offers an introduction to modern Spanish 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 transformation 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, memory, and social and economic justice. Prerequisites and Restrictions: SPA 107 or 108, although another 200-level class, particularly SPA 207 is recommended. Other Information: Course taught in Spanish.
Gabriela Nouzeilles. Schedule: L01 11:00am–12:20 T, P01 11:00am–12:20 Th, P02 3:00pm–4:20 Th.
SPA 342/LAS 342
Topics in Latin American Modernity: Reading the Present in Argentine Literature and Film
This course studies recent Argentine films and literary texts and how they approach the (historical) present through the concepts of space, time, and voice. The stories put forward by the novels, chronicles, short-stories, and film-essays focus on experiences of body and memory that are both political and uniquely personal. Readings include works by writers Sergio Chejfec, Matilde Sánchez, Martín Kohan, and filmmakers Martín Rejtman and Lucrecia Martel. Prerequisites and Restrictions: A 200-level Spanish course or instructor’s permission. Other Information: Course will be taught in Spanish.
Ana Amado. Schedule: C01 3:00pm-4:20 MW.
SPA 350/LAS 349
Topics in Latin American Cultural Studies: Dictatorship and Transition in Southern Cone Cultures
This course will focus on recent cultural production addressing the experience of dictatorship and transition in Latin American countries in the Southern Cone. We will analyze the political crisis of representation as it was configured in literature and cultural critique. In turn, we will approach different discourses on the transition by focusing on the ways in which literary works and the visual arts from the transition tended to reorganize space, temporality, and visuality in new ways. Some authors we will analyze include Diamela Eltit, Luisa Valenzuela, Roberto Bolaño, Mauricio Rosencof, Cristina Peri Rossi, Tununa Mercado, among others.
Susana Draper. Schedule: S01 3:00pm–4:20 TTh.
SPA 427/LAS 426
Modern Latin American Cinema
The waves of cinematic modernism that swept world cinema beginning with neo-realism had a profound impact on the development of Latin American film. This class will provide a survey of aesthetic, industrial and political changes in Latin American filmmaking, locating the place of cinema in a rapidly changing cultural context. Among the directors whose work will be discussed will be Luis Buñuel, Glauber Rocha, Tomas Gutiérrez Alea, and Raúl Ruiz. Prerequisites and Restrictions: Course will be taught in Spanish. Attendance is mandatory at both the weekly lecture and evening film screening. Other Information: Professor Richard Peña is the Program Director for the Film Society of Lincoln Center, Director of the New York Film Festival, and an Associate Professor at Columbia University.
Richard Peña. Schedule: L01 1:30pm–4:20 M, 7:30-10:20 Th.