Spring 2018

Latin American Studies

Spring 2018 Courses

ARTH 204 - Survey of Latin American Art

ARTH 472: Mexican Muralism

FRLN 331 - Topics in World Cinema - Latin American Film

ECON 361 - Economic Development of Latin America

FRLN 331-003 - Latin American Cinema

GGS 316 - Geography of Latin America

GOVT 444-007: Issues in Latin American Studies

HIST 272 - Survey of Latin American History

SPAN 390 - Introduction to Hispanic Literary Analysis

ANTH 635: Regional Ethnography: Latin America


ARTH 204-001: Survey of Latin American Art

MW 12:00-1:15 p.m., CRN 19691, Greet

From Macchu Picchu to Frida Kahlo, this course will survey major developments and innovations in Latin American painting, sculpture, and architecture. Beginning in the Pre-Columbian era, this course will cover Aztec, Mayan, and Incan art, art of the Viceroyalties of New Spain and Peru, as well as important trends in nineteenth- and twentieth-century Latin American art. Through lectures, assignments, and visits to area museums, students will acquire a historical framework for further study in art history.

ARTH 472-001: Mexican Muralism

W 4:30-7:10 p.m., CRN 19698, Greet

Mexican muralism emerged as a means for artists to promote the social ideals of the Revolution (1911-1920). Backed by political and cultural leaders, Mexican artists sought to build a new national consciousness by celebrating the culture and heritage of the Mexican people. This public monumental art also created a forum for the education of the populace about the living conditions of the peasantry. Despite the utopian objectives of the project, however, conflict emerged among the muralists and their sponsors as to how this vision should be achieved. This course will address the various aims and ideologies of the Mexican muralists as well as reactions to muralism by artists working in other mediums. It will also address muralism’s impact throughout Latin America and the United States.

* ARTH 472 was just awarded a Global Discover Program grant to take the entire class to Mexico City over the spring break. Professor Greet will have more details about this and amount of funding per student in the next few weeks!

DANC 118 - Afro-Cuban Dance.

Prof. Lepore

Studio dance course that investigates and performs sacred and secular African-diasporic dance traditions of Cuba.

FRLN 331 - Topics in World Cinema - Latin American Film

Course taught in English*

Tuesdays, 4:30-7:10 p.m.

Professor Lisa Rabin, Department of Modern and Classical Languages lrabin@gmu.edu

This course offers an historical survey of the films produced across the Latin American regions from the introduction of sound in the late 1920s to the contemporary period. We will be taking a special look at the film movement known as "New Latin American Cinema," or films from the 1960s to the 1980s that were considered “revolutionary,” both for their engagement with social and political themes like poverty, racism, gender, and violence and for their departure from conventional film genres inherited from the Hollywood industries. The direct influence of the New Latin American Cinema on contemporary filmmaking is a linked focus of the course. The survey covers a range of film across the diverse regions of Latin America, including Argentina, Chile, Brazil, Bolivia, Mexico, and Cuba. Students will be introduced to basic concepts of film analysis and major trends in film studies.

SPAN 482 - Mass Media and Popular Culture in Latin America

Course taught in Spanish*

Thursdays 4:30-7:10 p.m.

Professor Lisa Rabin (lrabin@gmu.edu)

Modern mass media and its forms of popular culture are deeply riven into the social fabric of Latin America and the Latinx United States. Studying newspapers of the early republics to turn-of-the-century radio dramas to industrial film musicals to the much-loved telenovela, this course focuses on the history of mass media in these regions and its significant role in constructing modern local, national and transnational identities. Students will learn to situate different forms of mass media within historical processes, including nation-building and industrialization; technological innovation; migration and urbanization; and the upheavals of civil wars, revolutions, and counterinsurgencies. Recommended prerequisites are SPAN 370, 385, and 390; students may also register with professor’s permission.

ANTH 635: Regional Ethnography: Latin America (open for undergraduates with permission)

ANTH 635-001: Professor Linda Seligmann, R 4:30-7:10p

Faculty Bio Link: https://soan.gmu.edu/people/lseligm2

Though we – as anthropologists and as citizens of the modern world – often think of the globe as divided into discrete regions, in fact the world today is characterized by deep and cross-cutting ties, making the attempt to define and study bounded world areas increasingly problematic. In the case of Latin America, it has long been a fact that the region we think of as “south of the border” is and for centuries has been, deeply tied to North American political, economic, cultural and social life. This course, which focuses on the anthropology of Latin America, takes as its basic theme the idea that societies of the Western hemisphere are profoundly and inseparably interconnected as part of a single region, the Americas. The course is designed to offer you a broad knowledge and appreciation of the diverse cultures of Latin America from an anthropological perspective. It explores the cultural, economic, political, and religious aspects of life in Latin America and the ways in which different groups have participated in, and responded to processes that include, but are not limited to, discovery, conquest, colonialism, extractive economies, migration, modernization, aesthetic currents, the dynamics of the state, development, resistance, popular movements, tourism, neoliberalism, transnationalism, and globalization. The readings and seminar discussions are designed to encourage you to consider different paths of inquiry that you may use in seeking to understand the peoples and cultures of Latin America, as well as to interrogate the theoretical and methodological models that have been used in ethnographic research on and accounts of Latin America. We will be paying special attention throughout the course to indigenous practices and views as integral to the dynamics taking placing within Latin America, as well as between Latin America and other parts of the world.