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


Fall 2013

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Tuesdays 11:30 AM -2:20 PM
Room: Vari 1020

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: Fall term:  Drop in:  Tuesdays and Thursdays 10:30-11:20 AM or at other times by appointment.

Week 1:
September 10th

Introduction to the Course

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

Week 2:
September 17th 

Colonial Rule/Independence/ Neocolonial Rule

Eric R. Wolf, "Iberians in the Americas," Europe and the People Without History, (Berkeley:  University of California Press, 1982), pp. 131-157;

Carolyn Fick, “The Saint Domingue Slave Insurrection of 1791: A Socio-Political and Cultural Analysis,” Journal of Caribbean History, Volume 25 (1&2) 1991, p. 1-40:

[Recommended:  Alfred W. Crosby, Jr., "The Biological Consequences of 1492,"   NACLA, "The Conquest of Nature, 1492-1992;" Report on the Americas, Vol. 25, N. 2, Sept. 1991.] 

Film: Gillo Pontecorvo,   “Burn!”: Part II

Week 3:
September 24th

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)

Week 4:
October 1st

The Mexican Revolution (continued)

Oscar Lewis, Pedro Martínez, (New York: Vintage Press, 1964), Introduction, pp. xxviii-lvii,  and  p. 3-94.   

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 5:
October 8th

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 6:
October 15th

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.]

Week 7:
October
22nd

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

Judith Adler Hellman, ed., Changing Times and Changing Lives in the Caribbean and  Latin America:  Ten Oral Histories.  (Toronto:  CERLAC, 2013),  Introduction and Chapters 1,2,3,4

Week 8:
October 29th

Hellman Changing Times and Changing Lives,, Chapters 5, 7, 8, plus either chapter 6, or 9 or 10.               

Week 9:
November 5th

Resistance and Migration

Edwidge Danticat, “Marie Micheline: A Life in Haiti, The New Yorker, June 11 & 18, 2007, pp. 96-103. 

J. A. Hellman, The World of Mexican Migrants: The Rock and the Hard Place, (New York:  The New Press, 2008),   Prologue, Chapters 1-3, 6-9.  [Introduction, and all other chapters in Parts I and II are recommended only]

 IN CLASS exam- 1.5 hours

Week 10:November 12th

Resistance and Migration 

J. A. Hellman, The World of Mexican Migrants: The Rock and the Hard Place, (New York:  The New Press, 2008),   Chapters 14-17 plus “A Note on Methodology,” pp. 233-241.  (with all other chapters in Part III and IV   recommended only.)

Week 11:
November 19th

Between Diaspora and “Home”

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

Film: “In the Time of the Butterflies

Week 12:
November 26th

Between Diaspora and “Home” (continued) 

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

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

or

You may submit an oral history with a final deadline for submission of December 6, 2013

 

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