Undergraduate Courses in Area of Specialization
Core Curriculum and Generalist Undergraduate Courses
VISUAL CULTURE IN PRE-COLUMBIAN AND COLONIAL MEXICO
This course focuses on the production of social difference in visual media of pre-Columbian and colonial Mexico. We will learn how Mexican societies conceptualized the world, and in particular how they understood writing, painting, and spatiality. We will then inquire into how Mexican understandings and practices of knowledge production interacted with those of the Christian West. We will explore how social groups from diverse and even radically different origins articulate, demarcate, trace, and negotiate their place and the places of others in the world. Toward that end, we will analyze post-conquest texts, including paintings (pinturas de castas), official reports and maps (relaciones geográficas), Renaissance literature, and history (Bernardino Sahagún’s Historia general).
BORDERCULTURES AND SHIFTING FRONTIERS IN IBERIAN, LATIN AMERICAN, AND LATINO CULTURES
The surge in immigration and the constant shuffle of ideas and goods along the United States and Mexico border (following the North American Free Trade Agreement in 1994) fueled the dreams, hopes, and fears associated with open markets, porous borders, and the coexistence of diverse societies. Drawing on a variety of texts, including Iberian, Latin American, and Latino literature, history, and film, in this course we investigate the issues arising from social interactions along borders and boundaries of various types. These issues encompass, though are not limited to religious, linguistic, gendered, and sexual social borders.
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