Latin American Studies
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Spring 2017

Spring 2017

AFAM 390/HIST 387-008: Africans in the Americas: Black Protest in the Atlantic World

ANTH 302, Peoples and Cultures of Latin America (1:30-2:45 TR )

ARTH 376- Twentieth Century Latin American Art  (MW 10-:30-11:45)

DANC 118 Afro-Cuban Dance (TR 13:30-2:45)

GGS 316 - Geography of Latin America

FRLN 330-001: Global Magical Realism: The Legacy of Gabriel García Márquez in Fiction and Film (03:00 PM to 04:15 PM TR)

SPAN 481-001: Love in 21st Century Fiction and Film

SPAN 400 -Spanish for the Professions

HIST 272 - Survey of Latin American History

SPAN 390 - Introduction to Hispanic Literary Analysis

ANTH 302: Peoples and Cultures of Latin America

ARTH 376: Twentieth-Century Latin American Art

GOVT 444 003: Issues in Latin American Studies

HIST 387-006: Brazilian Cinema

FRLN 330: Global Magical Realism in Fiction and Film

RELI 235-003: Religion and Literature

 

 

AFAM 390/HIST 387-008: Africans in the Americas: Black Protest in the Atlantic World

04:30 PM to 07:10 PM W

Krug Hall 210

Prof. Wendi N. Manuel-Scott

 

ANTH 302, Peoples and Cultures of Latin America,

1:30-2:45 TR 

Mason Hall D03

Prof. Linda J. Seligmann

This course is designed to offer you a broad knowledge and appreciation of some of the diverse cultures of Latin America.  It is not a survey course.  Instead, we go in-depth into particular regions of Latin America.  At the same time, you are expected to be familiar with where Latin America is as well as where the different countries that comprise it are located. We will examine the ways that different groups in Latin America have participated in and responded to a wide range of processes, such as discovery, conquest, colonialism, extractive economies, migration, modernization, aesthetic currents, development, resistance, urbanization, popular movements, nationalism, tourism, neoliberalism, transnationalism, and globalization. The readings, lectures, and class discussions are intended to encourage you to consider and interrogate theoretical and methodological models and units of analysis that have been used in ethnographic research on and accounts of Latin America.  This is also an opportunity for us to reflect on how we are connected to and affected by what happens in Latin America.  We will be paying special attention throughout the course to indigenous cultural practices and views as integral to dynamics taking placing within Latin America, as well as between Latin America and other parts of the world. Satisfies the general education requirement in global understanding.

 

FRLN 330-001: Global Magical Realism: The Legacy of Gabriel García Márquez in Fiction and Film

03:00 PM to 04:15 PM TR

Thompson Hall 1017

http://mcl.gmu.edu/courses/frln330/course_sections/30346

Instead of causing horror, magical realist narratives create an attitude toward reality that sees magical elements as a more or less intrinsic part of everyday life. Monstrous characters—winged men, alchemists who return to life and die a second time, women who fly into the sky, specters who talk to the living, and so on—live in exuberant worlds that are presented as real, but are governed by premonitions and superstition. Magical realism is about “the mystery found in people, nature and objects, a mystery that eludes the understanding of the observer.” With this broad definition in mind, Latin American writers launched a paradigmatic shift in how we understand fiction since the postmodern era. This course will engage students in a comparative, interdisciplinary analysis of magical realist fiction as a global postmodern and postcolonial phenomenon across the arts. We will analyze the relationship between magical realism and identity discourses in fiction and films from the five continents, focusing on the legacy of One Hundred Years of Solitude by Nobel Prize winner Gabriel García Márquez 40 years after its publication. 

FRLN 330 satisfies the general education requirement in literature.

 

RELI 235-003 Religion and Literature

MW 1:30-2:45

Krug Hall 5

Professor Garry Sparks

http://religious.gmu.edu/courses/reli235/course_sections/30900

This course will focus on the Popol Wuj (the K'iche' Maya cosmogonic, migration, and nation-building stories), the Rab'inal Achi (one of the oldest dramas of the Americas, which was also written in K'iche' Maya), the Title of Totonicapán (an early indigenous Mesoamerican land deed that contains both Maya cosmogonic and Catholic biblical material), and I, Rigoberta Menchú along with Black Elk Speaks (for some 20th-century Maya/Lakota comparison as redacted by white people).

 

SPAN 400-Spanish for the Professions

Prof. Serafini

Focuses on business contexts.  Takes a task-based approach to developing students' skills related to effective intercultural communication in the workplace, and there are tasks that deal with international business in the Latin American context (e.g., analyzing the cultivation, buying and selling of chia as well as the impact on local communities).

 

SPAN 481-001: Love in 21st Century Fiction and Film

04:30 PM to 07:10 PM T

Thompson Hall 2021

Professor Ricardo F Vivancos-Pérez

http://mcl.gmu.edu/courses/span481/course_sections/31001

This course analyzes recent ways of representing and conceptualizing love in 21st century fiction and films of the Hispanic world with a transnational approach, including U.S. Latino, Latin American, and Spanish authors and directors. Drawing on both well-known and more recent theories on love and desire, including Octavio Paz, Jacques Lacan, Roland Barthes, Lauren Berlant, and Alain Badiou, this course will focus on four central topics: love and identity, love and femininity/masculinity, love and death/loss, and obsessive/fake love.Main objectives of this course include fostering comparative critical thinking, both individually and in groups, learning how to write inter-/transdisciplinary research papers, and promoting ethical commitment in the study of cultural production. Additionally, being in a technology enhanced collaborative classroom, this course will allow students to develop unique collaborative skills that are much needed in today’s working environments. This course is conducted in Spanish and all assignments are in Spanish.

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