ANTHRCUL 346 - Latin America: The Colonial Period
Section: 001 Issues in Race & Ethnicity
Term: FA 2009
Subject: Anthropology, Cultural (ANTHRCUL)
Department: LSA Anthropology
Requirements & Distribution:
May not be repeated for credit.
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This course examines the history of Latin America from the pre-Columbian era to the early nineteenth-century wars of independence. Focusing on interactions among Native Americans, Africans, and Europeans, we will trace the evolution of different multiethnic societies and examine the Atlantic (and sometimes Pacific) exchanges through which they were formed. We will explore the indigenous background to conquest as well as life and labor in settler communities, slave plantations, villages, and colonial cities. Primary documents such as memoirs and court cases will be used to uncover the patterns of religious belief and the ideas of honor that shaped the world views of men and women, and to illustrate the ways in which plantation slavery, mining, and other colonial institutions shaped people’s experiences. Distinctive cultural features – including sacred music, visual representations of race and class, and the art of the baroque – can further illuminate this remarkably dynamic region. We will conclude by asking what permitted the survival of these colonial structures for over three hundred years, what led to the collapse of the colonial system — beginning with the Haitian Revolution of 1791-1803 — and what legacies remained as the nations of Latin America achieved formal independence.

Readings will include Mark A. Burkholder and Lyman L. Johnson, Colonial Latin America (6th edition); Richard Boyer and Geoffrey Spurling, Colonial Lives; Matthew Restall, Seven Myths of the Spanish Conquest; Kathryn Burns, Colonial Habits; and Catalina de Erauso, Lieutenant Nun, as well as selections from other works.

Students will write three short papers, a mid-term exam, and a final exam.

No prerequisites. [Graduate students wishing to follow the course should enroll in HISTORY 478.]

All students will enroll in a one-hour discussion section in addition to the lecture. Those wishing to participate in the language-across-the curriculum option should choose the Spanish language section, which confers an extra credit hour (accessed through enrollment in UC 390.002 after the first meeting of the Spanish-language section).

ANTHRCUL 346 - Latin America: The Colonial Period
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
MW 10:00AM - 11:30AM
002 (DIS)
M 12:00PM - 1:00PM
003 (DIS)
M 2:00PM - 3:00PM
005 (DIS)
Tu 11:30AM - 1:00PM
006 (DIS)
Th 1:00PM - 2:00PM
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