SPANISH 470 - Colonial Latin America
Section: 001 Racism and Colonialism in Latin America
Term: FA 2018
Subject: Spanish (SPANISH)
Department: LSA Romance Languages & Literatures
Waitlist Capacity:
With permission of department.
Enforced Prerequisites:
Nine credits chosen between SPANISH 279 and 399; or two RCLANG 324 and six credits chosen between SPANISH 279 and 399.
May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit(s). May be elected more than once in the same term.
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When we say that race is a “social construction,” we mean not only that the concept has no basis in biological reality but also that it has a history—a history we can study in order to shed light on the past as well as the present. This course traces the history of race and racism back to the rise of Spanish colonialism in Latin America during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Organized around key racial categories (“Jew,” “Indian,” “Black,” “White”), it will examine the commonalities and divergences across these differential processes of racialization, all of which are linked by the Spanish colonial project. Questions include: What are race and racism and what kinds of ideological “work” do they do? What is the relationship between colonialism and racism? How have race and racism changed from the colonial past to the present day? Why have they endured so successfully over time? Readings will include primary sources written during the colonial period as well as recent critical and theoretical work on race, racism, and racialization.

This course counts as elective credit for the Spanish minor.

SPANISH 470 - Colonial Latin America
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001 (REC)
MW 11:30AM - 1:00PM
003 (REC)
TuTh 4:00PM - 5:30PM
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