LAIS 203   Latin American Nations: Emergence and Distinctive Trajectories

Pierre Ostiguy

M . W .  .

3:00 pm -4:20 pm

RKC 100


Cross-listed: GIS, History  This course deals with the birth, rise, and consolidation of Latin American nations since their birth in the 19th century, focusing on their distinctive trajectories and specific national patterns of politics, conflicts, identity, and culture. The “long nineteenth century”, from 1810 to 1930, is the century that shaped Latin American nations as we know them today. This key era is also when the slavery of people of African descent was abolished but racial inequalities remained, and when liberal projects were attempted for transforming indigenous people into “national citizens”. The long 19th century was marked by the conflicts and civil wars between liberals and conservatives, with liberals gaining the upper hand by the end of the 19th century. Paradoxically, however, the meaning of liberalism in Latin America varied greatly: anti-clericalism (Colombia), capitalist “science and progress” (Mexico, Brazil), civilized culture against “native barbarism” (Argentina).  The course’s brief starting point is independence of the Americas through Enlightenment Creole leaders using military means. As a product, Spanish America exploded from four Vice-Royalties to 16 countries--and entirely new nations. We then turn to the controversial and distinctive period of caudillo rule in Latin America. Third, we explore the very different forms taken by the conflict between Liberals and Conservatives in these new Latin American nations –a conflict that would shape, thoroughly and negatively, the future of these nations’ society, culture, and politics. We then deal with the apex of liberalism in the last third of the 19th century—a period of free trade associated with spectacular economic growth, dispossession of indigenous people and peasants, massive European working-class immigration, and increased power of foreign capital and landowners. At the same time, this apex saw the establishment of constitutional rule and the notions of citizenship, individualism, and secularism. Finally, under either revolutionary forces, as in Mexico in the 1910s, or the devastating impact of the 1930 crash, the liberal era collapsed. The course also examines cultural expressions of the various time periods, from gaucho poetry, to anti-modernist religious messianism, to tango, to the birth of soccer. The course is open to any and all interested students. Chronologically, it is the second of a “three-course” sequence: LAIS 110, LAIS 203, and

 PS 253.



ARTH 160   Survey of Latin American Art

Susan Aberth

M . W . .

3:00 pm -4:20 pm

RKC 102


Cross-listed: LAIS (core course) SRE;   Related interest:  Africana Studies, Theology  A broad overview of art and cultural production in Latin America, including South and Central America, Mexico, and the hispanophone Caribbean. A survey of major pre-Columbian monuments is followed by an examination of the contact between Europe and the Americas during the colonial period, 19th-century Eurocentrism, and the reaffirmation of national identity in the modern era. This is a writing intensive course. We will spend an extra hour a week in a writing lab. The general goals of these labs are to improve the development, composition, organization, and revision of analytical prose; the use of evidence to support an argument; strategies of interpretation and analysis of texts; and the mechanics of grammar and documentation. Regular short writing assignments will be required.



HIST 179   People and Power in Colonial

and Contemporary Mexico

Annette Richie

. T . Th .

2:30 pm -3:50 pm

OLIN 301




LIT 3128   Saints, Sinners & Lunatics

Gabriela Carrion

. T . . .

1:30 pm -3:50 pm





PS 259   Spanish Politics: Democracy

after Dictatorship

Omar Encarnacion

M . W . .

12:00 pm -1:20 pm

OLIN 205




PS 339   Populism and Popular

Culture in Latin America

Pierre Ostiguy

. T . . .

7:30 pm -9:50 pm

OLIN 202




SOC 254   Social Movements

Roberto Velez-Velez

M . W . .

1:30 pm -2:50 pm





SPAN 202   Intermediate Spanish II

Nicole Caso

M T W Th .

10:30  -11:30 am





SPAN 220   The Hispanic Presence in US

Melanie Nicholson

M . W . .

10:30  -11:50 am





SPAN 302   Introduction to Latin

American Lit.erature

Nicole Caso

M . W . .

M . . . .

1:30 pm -2:50 pm

3:00 pm -4:00 pm

OLIN 303