Jose A Lucero
GEN ST 197
Small-group discussion with faculty representing a wide spectrum of academic disciplines. Topics and approaches vary. Instructor may introduce research techniques or findings, concentrate on readings in his/her area of interest, or illustrate problems and alternatives related to the study of a particular academic discipline. Credit/no-credit only. Offered: AWSp.
What do you think of when you think of "Latin America"? Since 1492, the continent has been fertile ground for the imaginaries of conquistadores dreaming of cities of gold, colonialists building new states, and Native peoples who had their own counter-imaginings of their lands and the foreigners who were colonizing them. This seminar looks at the long history of cultural representations, from Columbus to Disney, Hernan Cortez to Breaking Bad, to understand how the dreams and nightmares of conquest, revolution, drug wars and development shape the present and future of the Americas. Through short readings, videos and films, students will understand how culture shapes politics and politics shapes culture.
Student learning goals
Have a critical understanding of representations of Latin America.
Have a familiarity with key terms of critical theories like Orientalism.
Be able to read images and films as texts.
General method of instruction
Class assignments and grading