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Aspects of Modern Latin American and Caribbean Studies: Culture and Politics

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SOSC 4450 3.0 / HUMA 4300 3.0
Aspects of Modern Latin American and Caribbean Studies: Culture and Politics


Winter 2017

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Tuesdays 11:30 AM -2:20 PM
Room: TBA

Course Director: Professor J.A. Hellman
Office 133 Founders College
Telephone: 736-2100 ext. 44087
e-mail: jhellman@yorku.ca
Web site: www.yorku.ca/jhellman
Office hours: Winter term:  Drop in:  Tuesdays 10:30-11:20 AM or at all other times by appointment.

Week 1:
January 10th

Introduction to the Course

and screening of the first half of a film by Gillo Pontecorvo,   “Burn!” (“Quemada” in the original)

Week 2:
January 17th

The Mexican Revolution

Judith Adler Hellman, Mexico in Crisis, (New York: Holmes & Meier, 1978, 1983), Chapter 1, “The Revolution,” pp. 3-31. 

Ricardo Pozas, Juan the Chamula, (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1971).      

Film:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=brtbXXxCAY0

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=endscreen&NR=1&v=GtGwZp5HmFU (6.5 minutes, with subtitles)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=endscreen&NR=1&v=wHw1isu5lIk

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L8ymi3OWmTk&feature=related (13.5 minutes, in Spanish)

Week 3:
January 24th

The Mexican Revolution (continued)

Oscar Lewis, Pedro Martinez, (New York:  Vintage Press, 1964), 

 First read Pedro’s testimony, pp. 3-94, and then read Lewis’s “Introduction,” pages xxviii-lvii. 

Week 4:
January 31st

Patterns of Land Tenure: Debt peonage and agricultural wage labour on hacienda and plantation

Begin reading:  Sidney Mintz, Worker in the Cane, (New York: W.W. Norton and Co., 1974) “Preface,” and Chapters 1-4.

 

Week 5:
February 7th

The Plantation

Sidney Mintz, op cit, Chapters 5-8.  (Especially note pp. 123-2 and 168-176)

Film: “Sugar Cane Alley”

[Highly recommended reading:  Sidney Mintz and Eric R. Wolf , “Haciendas and Plantations in Middle America and the Antilles,” Social and Economic Studies, Volume VI, September 1957, pp. 380-412.]

Reading Week:  February 20th -24th

Week 7:
February 28th

Independence, Neo-Colonialism, Revolution and Resistance:  The Oral History Project

“Introduction” plus Chapter One: Nadine Ramharack,  “Resilience: Life in Rural Trinidad;” Chapter Two:  Alyssa Sewlal, “An East Indian in the West Indies;” Chapter Three:   Richard Lanns, “From Plantation to Tourist ‘Paradise’ in St. Lucia;” Chapter Four: Kevin Edmonds, “Green Gold and Dark Days: The Life of a St. Lucian Banana Farmer ” in Judith Adler Hellman, ed. Changing Times and Changing Lives in the Caribbean and Latin America:  Ten Oral Histories, (Toronto:  CERLAC, 2013)  [Available for $12.50 in print form or free on line as a pdf. if you follow the link http://www.yorku.ca/cerlac/jhellman/ChangingTimes  and you request the pdf, rather than the  e-pub] .   

Week 8:
March 7th

Ordinary People engulfed by Violence:  The Oral History Project (continued) 

Chapter Five: Ashleigh Phillips, “Race, Class, Revolution and the U.S. Invasion of Grenada,” Chapter Six:  Judith Adler Hellman, “Invasion and Resistance in the Dominican Republic;”  Chapter Seven: Michael McLean Ayearst, A Life on the Meskito Coast During the Nicaraguan Revolution;”

Plus: a very brief memoir by the Haitian novelist, Edwidge Danticat, “Marie Micheline: A Life in Haiti,” The New Yorker, June11 & 18, 2007, pp. 96-103.

[Recommended, of course, are the final three chapters of Changing Times and Changing Lives in the Caribbean and Latin America , Chapter Eight: Lorenzo Vargas, “Winding Road of Fear;” Chapter Nine:  Juan Manuel Vidal, “Civil War and Peace in El Salvador”and  ChapterTen: Maria Elena Hernández, “A Defiant Woman in Post Revolutionary Mexico”

In Class Mid-Term Exam 1.5 hours

Week 9:
March 14th

Resistance and Migration

J. A. Hellman, The World of Mexican Migrants: The Rock and the Hard Place, (New York:  The New Press, 2008),   Prologue, Introduction (pp. 8-14), Chapters  2 through  9,  10 through 13  are recommended only.  Also skip ahead at this point to read  “A Note on Methodology,”  pp 233-241.

Week 10:March 21th

Resistance and Migration (continued)

J. A. Hellman, The World of Mexican Migrants: The Rock and the Hard Place, (New York:  The New Press, 2008), Chapters 14-17, plus 19.  [Chapter 18 is recommended only].

Week 11:
March 28th

Life in the Diaspora and “back home.”

Junot Díaz, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, (New York: Riverhead Books, 2007), pp 1-207.

Week 12:
March 29th

Life in the Diaspora and “back home (continued).

Junot Díaz, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, pp. 210-345.  

Final Exam:    25% of final grade, to be held in the regular examination period.  

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You may submit an oral history with a final deadline for submission of April 11, 2017

 

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