description: History 475

Week 1 (January 12)


Readings: 1. Tom Gunning, “Making Sense of Film.” Read the entire essay and watch the videos.
2. Donald F. Stevens, Based on a True Story: Latin American History at the Movies, Intro and Chapter 1. (here)
3. Chasteen, Born in Blood, Ch 1.

Week 2 (January 19)

Colonial Legacies 1 - Indigenous People

Film: The Mission (1986) — United States
1. Chasteen, Born in Blood, Ch 2-3.
2. James Schoefield Saeger, “The Mission and Historical Missions”, in Stevens, Based on a True Story. (here)
3. Kenneth Andrien, Andean Worlds (Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 2001), Chapter 7. (here)
4. Olga Merino and Linda Newson, “Jesuit MIssions in Spanish America: The Aftermath of the Expulsion,” <em>Revista de Historia de América</em> 118 (1994): 7-32. (available through JSTOR — don’t worry, it’s in English after the first page.)

Week 3 (January 26)

Colonial Legacies 2 - Slavery

Film: La última cena (1976) — Spain
1. John Mraz, “Recasting Cuban Slavery,” in Stevens Based on a True Story. (here)
2. Alejandro de la Fuente, “Slaves and the Creation of Legal Rights in Cuba: Coartación and Papel,” Hispanic American Historical Review 87.4 (Nov. 2007): 659-692. (Available through ebscohost.)
3. Kirsten Schultz, “Slavery, Race, and Citizenship in the Empire of Brazil,” in Documenting Latin America, O’Connor and Garofalo eds., pp. 27-37.
4. Website: The Atlantic Slave Trade and Slave Life in the Americas.

Week 4 (February 2)

The Early Republic

Film: Camila (1984) — Argentina
1. Chasteen, Born in Blood, Ch. 3-4.
2. Stephen Hart, “Camila,” pp. 107-115 in *A Companion to Latin American Film *(Woodbridge: Tamesis, 2004). (here)
3. Stevens, “Passion and Patriarchy in Nineteenth Century Argentina” in Stevens Based on a True Story. (here)
4. Elizabeth Dore, “One Step Forward, Two Steps Back,” in Dore,, eds. Hidden Histories of Gender and the State (Durham: Duke University Press, 2000). (here)

Week 5 (February 9)

Progress and the 19th Century

Film: Gabriela (1983) — Brazil
1. Chasteen, Born in Fire, Ch. 5.
2. Susan Besse, “Crimes of Passion: The Campaign against Wife Killing in Brazil, 1910-1940,” Journal of Social History 22.4 (1989): 653-666. (Available through JSTOR.)
3. Sueann Caulfield, “Getting into Trouble: Dishonest Women, Modern Girls, and women-Men in the Conceptual Language of “Vida Policial,” 1925-1927,” Signs 19.1 (1993): 146-176. (Available through JSTOR.)

Week 6 (February 16)

Disorder and Revolution

Film: Que Viva Mexico (1931/1979) — Soviet Union/Mexico
1. Chasteen, Born in Fire, Ch. 6-7.
2. Meyer, Sherman, Deeds, The Course of Mexican History, Chs. 8-9.
3. Stephen Hart, “Que Viva México!”, pp. 17-24 in A Companion to Latin American Film.
4. Chris Robé, “Enstein in America: The Que Viva Mexico! Debates and the Emergent Popular Front in US Film Theory and Criticism.”

Week 7 (February 23)

Return to Order, and Revolution

Film: Soy Cuba (1964) — Soviet Union/Cuba
1. Chasteen, Born in Fire, Ch. 8.
2. Susan Eckstein, “The Impact of the Cuban Revolution: A Comparative Perspective,” Comparative Studies in Society and History, Vol. 28, No. 3 (Jul., 1986), pp. 502-534. (Available through JSTOR.)
3. Alejandro dela Fuente, “Race, National Discourse, and Politics in Cuba: An Overview.” Latin American Perspectives 25.3 (1998): 43-69. (Available through JSTOR.)

Week 8 (March 2)

Making of a Revolutionary 1

Film: Motorcycle Diaries* (2004) — Argentina/USA
1. Eduardo Elena, “Point of Departure: Travel and Nationalism in Ernesto Guevara’s Argentina,” pp21-52 in Paulo Drinot, ed., Che’s Travels: The Making of a Revolutionary in 1950s Latin America (Durham: Duke University Press, 2010).
2. Paulo Drinot, “Awaiting the Blood of a Truly Emancipating Revolution: Che Guevara in 1950s Peru,” pp 88-126 in Che’s Travels.
3. Ann Zulawski, “The National Revolution and Bolivia in the 1950s: What Did Che See?”, pp. 181-209 in Che’s Travels.

Week 9 (March 9)

Making of a Revolutionary 2

Film: Che, Part 1: The Argentine (2008) — USA
1. Eric Zolov, “Between Bohemianism and a Revolutionary Rebirth: Che Guevara in Mexico,” pp 245-282 in Che’s Travels.
2. Che Guevara, “Message to the Tricontinental Congress.”
3. Che Guevara, “Guerilla Warfare: A Method.”
4. Documents on the Death of Che Guevara. (Documents linked in this article.)

Week 10 (March 16)

Spring Break!!

Week 11 (March 23)

The City 1

Film: Cidade de Deus (2002) — Brazil
1. Julio César Pino, “Labor in the Favelas of Rio de Janeiro, 1940-1969,” LAP 25.2 (198): 18-40.
2. Ney dos Santos Oliviera, “Favelas and Ghettos: Race and Class in Rio de Janeiro and New York city,” Latin American Perspectives 23.4 (1996): 71-89.
3. Stephen Hart, “Cidade de Deus,” 203-210 in A Companion….

Week 12 (March 30)

The City 2

Film: Bus 174 (2002) — Brazil
1. Excerpt from Alma Guillermoprieto’s The Heart That Bleeds “Mexico City” pgs.237-258.
2. “The Drive-by Victim” in Citizens of Fear: Urban Violence in Latin America. pgs.130-137.
3. “I saw a City Invincible” pgs xi – 57.

Week 13 (April 6)

Drug Wars, USA

FilmCocaine Cowboys (2006) — USA
1. Paul Gootenberg, “The “Pre-Colombian” Era of Drug Trafficking in the Americas: Cocaine, 1945-1965” The Americas - Volume 64, Number 2, October 2007, pp. 133-176. (Available through the library website— search for the journal The Americas.)
2. Coletta Youngers, “Collateral Damage: The US “War on Drugs” and its Impact on Democracy in the Andes.” Ibid., 126-145.
3. Did the CIA sell cocaine in the 1980s?

Week 14 (April 13)

Drug Wars, Colombia

FilmLa virgen de los sicaros (2000) — Colombia
1. Documents on Drug Trafficking from the National Security Archive.
2. Forrest Hylton, Evil Hour in Colombia, 31-78.
3. Ricardo Vargas, “State, Esprit Mafioso, and Armed Conflict in Colombia,” in Burt and Mauceri, eds., Politics in the Andes, 107-126.


Week 15 (April 20)

Politics, Development, Bolivia

Film: Our Brand is Crisis (2005) — USA
1. Chasteen, Born in Fire, Ch. 10.
2. James Cypher, “The Slow Death of the Washington Consensus on Latin America.”
3. Selections from John Perkins, Confessions of an Economic Hitman. Part 1. Part 2.

Week 16 (April 27)

Politics, Indigenous Movements

Film: Cocalero (2007) — Bolivia
1. Les Field, “Ecuador’s Pan-Indian Uprising,” NCLA’s Report on the Americas 25.3 (1991). (Available through the library as an electronic resource. Search for NCLA’s Report on the Americas.
2. Suzana Sawyer, “The 1992 Indian Mobilization in Lowland Ecuador,” Latin American Perspectives 24.3 (1997), 65-82. Available through the library as an electronic resource. Search for Latin American Perspectives.