Graduate Course Offerings

Spring 2018

HISP 520 - Research and Writing Workshop 

Karen Stolley, Tuesday 1:00pm-4:00pm

All students are required to take this course in their second semester in the program. Instruction will focus on approaches to developing and writing research papers, with the final goal of submitting a publishable article to a peer-reviewed journal. Students may develop a paper written for a seminar in the previous semester or may initiate a new project. The course also addresses types of journals, journal audiences, the mechanics and ethics of manuscript submission, and the ethics and politics of choosing to publish in Spanish (Portuguese) or English.

HIST 585 / HISP 710 / ANT 585 / JS 730R  (Im)migrants, Ethnicities, and Identities in Latin America

Jeffrey Lesser, Tuesday, 9:00am-12:00pm

Course Description:

Latin America (in its both contemporary and historical geographies) has received large numbers of (im)migrants.  Some came by choice, often with religious and/or economic goals.  Others were forced migrants, working on the plantations and mines that formed the basis of the exploitative colonial economy. In the nineteenth century, (im)migration came to play a critical economic, social and political role in the newly formed nations of Latin America.  At times (im)migrants were viewed as saviors and their entrance was encouraged by elites.  In other moments anti-(im)migrant movements and legislation were widespread.  As time passed, some of the descendants of those who migrated to and within Latin America re-migrated, at times to other American countries, at times to new continents. This course will put human movement into conversation with the creation of racial, ethnic and national identities in Latin America. We will analyze the history of racial and ethnic discourses and their sociopolitical uses in the formation of modern nations and empires.  We will examine postcolonial societies and their constant tension with the legacies of (im)migration.  An important goal of the course is to examine questions, themes and methods which in turn can be linked to each student’s own research project.

Assigned Readings:

Aside from the following texts, all course materials will be available through Reserves Direct or on the course Canvas site. Hard copies of the following texts will be on reserve in the library, but should consider purchasing their own copies.

Required Books

1. Van Deusen, Nancy E.  Global Indios: The Indigenous Struggle for Justice in Sixteenth-Century SpainISBN: 978-0822358589

 2. Rein, Raanan. Fútbol, Jews, and the Making of Argentina.

ISBN: 9780804793414

 3. Graham, Richard. The Idea of Race in Latin America, 1870-1940

ISBN: 978-0292738577

4. Spitzer, Leo. Lives in Between: The Experience of Marginality in a Century of Assimilation.

ISBN: 978-0809016266

 5. Karam, John Tofik. Another Arabesque: Syrian-Lebanese Ethnicity in Neoliberal Brazil

ISBN: 978-1592135400

 6. Linger, Daniel Touro. No One Home: Brazilian Selves Remade in Japan

ISBN: 978-0804741828

 7. Yamashita, Karen Tei. Circle K Cycles.

ISBN: 978-1566891080

 8. Chang, Jason. Chino: Anti-Chinese Racism in Mexico, 1880-1940.

ISBN: 978-0252082344

 9. Weis, Julie M. Corazón de Dixie Mexicanos in the U.S. South since 1910.

ISBN: 978-1469624969

 10. Pilcher, Jeffrey. ¡Qué vivan los tamales!: Food and the Making of Mexican Identity.

ISBN: 978-0826318732

 11. Bryce, Benjamin. To Belong in Buenos Aires: Germans, Argentines, and the Rise of a Pluralist Society.

***This book is set to be released in early 2018. The ISBN currently available is for the hardcover version, which we do not want to order. If the publisher confirms that there will be a paperback version, we would like to order paperback copies. We will follow up with the bookstore as soon as we have a response from  from Stanford University Press..***

 12. Putnam, Laura. Radical Moves: Caribbean Migrants and the Politics of Race in the Jazz Age.

ISBN: 978-0807872857

 13. Brooks, Max. World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War.

ISBN: 978-0307346612

 14. Dunn, Christopher. Contracultura: Alternative Arts and Social Transformation in Authoritarian Brazil.

ISBN: 978-1469628516

HISP 730/ANT 585 - Topics in Intercultural Discourse and Translation: Intercultural Communication

Xochitl Marsilli-Vargas, Wednesday 4:00pm-7:00pm

This course is an intensive introduction to the study of communication as a cultural system and speech as socially embedded communicative practice. It is designed for those wishing to gain enough background in theories of contact and communication to critically understand the place of language in social interaction. It is designed for graduate students; upper level undergraduates are welcome to enroll, with permission of the instructor. There are no special prerequisites.

The course will be divided in two units. The first one will explore relevant theoretical essays that will help with the understanding of how semiotic systems get constituted. The second half will focus on ethnographies of communication of cross-cultural encounters addressing Spanish-speaking communities around the globe; as well as how Spanish is constructed and circulated in the US through the analysis of different media outlets; how Latinx communities negotiate talk and; language policies that affect immigrants from beyond Spanish-speaking communities.

Topics include (among many): How does culture influence the communication process? What is the relation between culture, communication, and identity? How do various societal factors (economics, mass media, religion) influence intercultural communication?

HISP 740 - Topics in Texts and Culture: Romanticism, Politics, and Revolution in Nineteenth-Century Latin America

Hernán Feldman; Monday 1:00pm-4:00pm

This seminar will deal with a host of literary and essayistic texts generally associated with Romanticism.  Some of these primary texts are Juan Francisco Manzano’s Autobiografía de un esclavo, Andrés Bello’s “Alocución a la poesía,” Juan Bautista Alberdi’s “Fragmento preliminar al estudio del derecho,” José de Alencar’s Iracema, Cirilo Villaverde’s Cecilia Valdés, José María Samper’s Ensayos sobre las revoluciones políticas, Juana Manso’s Los misterios del Plata, and Mercedes Cabello de Carbonara’s La novela moderna. In the course of our readings, we will pay special attention to the political context of civil war and revolutions festering throughout Spanish America, on the one hand, as well as regional (often lusophobic) insurgent movements raging across the Brazilian Empire, on the other. In examining Latin American intellectual trends, our sessions will often assess aesthetic and political ideas emanating from Europe. This will especially be the case in two critical instances: (i) when we discuss the way in which some European authors (Edmund Burke, Madame de Stäel, Alexis de Tocqueville, Joseph de Maistre, François-René de Chateaubriand, and Juan Donoso Cortés) evaluated the legacy of the French Revolution, and (ii) when we call into question the role of the Napoleonic wars in how embryonic peculiarisms emerged across the Holy Roman Empire.  The way in which Latin American writers adopted, disseminated, and transformed ideas considered European will lead us to ask ourselves to what extent a given set of political or aesthetic concepts may be labeled as “out of place,” and what outcomes, if any, derive from said adjudication.

Fall 2017

HISP 510R Understanding Hispanic Studies: Theories and Methods 

(Instructors: Hazel Gold + Don Tuten) Tuesdays 1:00pm-4:00pm

Content of this course will foreground theoretical approaches as well as the history and polemics surrounding the field of Hispanism. It will introduce students to the contested boundaries of this evolving field, with particular attention to the program’s three research foci. It will also introduce students to the practice and ethics of public scholarship.

HISP 710 Topics in Identity and Citizenship:  Brazil Civil-Military Memories

(Instructor: Schmidt) Thursdays 4:30pm-7:30pm

This course analyzes the processes, social actors and cultural supports involved in the construction, consolidation, and denial of the memories regarding Brazil’s traumatic dictatorship that began in 1964. It will introduce conceptual and methodological tools for the analysis of memory and will offer insights on different narratives concerning the dictatorship period: memory books, news articles, films, fictional writings, monuments and museums, reports, legal documents and texts from different areas in the field of humanities, History in particular.

The main course topics will be: 1 – In what context and through which social actors (collective or individual) are memories expressed? 2 – What political interests are memories related to? 3 – What are the ethical, moral and aesthetical implications? 4 – How are memories articulated and how do they struggle for their place in the public arena? 5 – In what manner do experts appropriate memories of the Brazilian dictatorship?

HIST 562R/HISP 720 Topics in Imperial and Post/Colonial Culture: New Paradigms & Old Trends

(Instructors: Yanna Yannakakis + Karen Stolley) Wednesday 1:00pm-4:00pm

This course takes on the 500-year sweep of Latin American History with an eye to regional themes and national/local case studies. Students engage with different geographic and chronological frameworks for understanding and teaching Latin American history, and with canonical and cutting-edge texts that have shaped the field. At the same time, students are asked to challenge dominant paradigms by asking “is Latin America a region?”; “when does the colonial era end?”; “where are the boundaries among History, Literature, and Anthropology”? While we require this course (which is repeatable) of all Ph.D. candidates in Latin American History in their first and third semesters, we encourage students across a range of disciplines and geographic specializations to register. Analytical concerns generally revolve around the relationship among theory, method, and historical sources, and how scholars’ shifting intellectual and political agendas have led them to integrate different disciplinary approaches into the study of history.