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Latin American Studies

Fall 2020 Courses

NOTE: Courses listed here or in the Undergraduate Record will count towards a Latin American Studies major or minor. Prior approval for other course work must be granted before the course is taken. For approval, please contact the Director of the Latin American Studies program, Thomas Klubock at Please be sure to include a copy of the syllabus.

For spring 2019, please contact Director of Latin American Studies,Thomas Klubock,  Please be sure to attach a syllabus.


AMST 4500: Encounters of the Modern Caribbean with Marlene L. Daut

Department:     American Studies

Day/Time:          Tuesdays, 2-4:30

Description: The Caribbean is often located in the popular imaginary as a tropical paradise of palm trees replete with resorts designed for tourist consumption. Modern Caribbean Studies helps to refocus understandings of the West Indies beyond this stereotype by highlighting it as a place with myriad and complex histories, cultures, and forms of thinking. The Caribbean, for example, is comprised of a distinctly heterogeneous population, which is the result of contact between Europeans, indigenous Americans, Africans, and Asians. Colonialism, slavery, indentured servitude, and other forms of forced migration and unfree labor were largely responsible for producing the diverse societies we continue to see in the greater Caribbean region today. This seminar will comparatively situate the geographical and sociocultural aspects of the Caribbean beginning with an overview of the region’s history. The course encourages students to understand the modern Caribbean through a variety of topics, such as gender and sexuality; migration and diaspora; the legacies of slavery and colonialism; globalization and inequality; race and racism; and tourism. The course will also introduces a variety of artistic, intellectual, and religious traditions found in the Caribbean today, including the musical styles of calypso, konpa, zouk, reggae, merengue, and salsa. Literature, film, philosophy, social movements, and politics may also be primary features of the course.


HILA2001:    Colonial Latin America with Thomas Klubock

Department:     History

Day/Time:          MW, 12-12:50 lectures (but with discussion sections)

This class is an introduction to the history of Latin America from the pre-conquest period to independence.  The class covers the societies and states of the Americas and the Iberian Peninsula before 1492, the conquest of Latin America, the formation of the imperial system and colonial societies and economies, the African slave trade and slavery in the Americas, the wars for independence, and the legacies of colonialism in Latin America.  We will be concerned throughout with the ways in which different social groups - indigenous peoples, African slaves and free people, members of different ethnic castes, women, and members of different political and economic classes- built, navigated, and resisted the economic, social and political institutions of Spanish and Portuguese rule in Latin America.  The class will also consider the ways in which the history of colonialism in Latin America shaped contemporary social, cultural, economic, and political realities.

Requirements for the course are two in-class midterm exams (25% of final grade each) and a final exam (25% of final grade).  The three exams will be closed-book.  Students will identify and explain the historical significance of five terms or names in one substantial paragraph for each name or term for both the midterm and final exams.  The exam grades will be based on students’ mastery of material from the assigned readings, lectures, and discussion sections.  In addition, attendance and active participation in section discussions are required and will be factored into the final grade (25% of final grade).  Students are required to complete the weekly reading assignments before discussion sections.


HILA 3051:   Modern Central America with Lean Sweeney

Department:     History

Day/Time:          MWF 11-11:50

Central America has come to the notice of many as a place of high crime and violence, and the origin of the United States' current "immigration problem."  This course aims to complicate that understanding of both Central America and its relationship with the rest of the world through analyzing Central American history, culture, and politics through a transnational lens--that is, through a lens that understands regional or isthmus-wide patterns as part of broader processes produced by various nations and forces simultaneously. Fundamental to the course is also the analysis of how and why different people identify nationally or regionally with one place or another, how that changes through experiences of war, exile, revolution, and migration, and what that tells us about nations versus other types of territorial and cultural creations. Historical actors who tend to link their identity to territorialities other than the nation, such as the Miskito of Nicaragua and Honduras; the Garifuna of Belize and Honduras; the Maya of Guatemala and Belize; and a variety of immigrants, exiles, filibusterers, members of the military and fugitives from law, violence and economic pressures are also central topics of study.  More than merely highlighting the way Central America has vacillated between status as a republic, as nation-states, as kingdoms or as enclaves, this course aims to look at Central America's connections with the world in a much more multidirectional way: how it has connected to the Black Lives Matter movement, what particular kind of art comes out of experiences of genocide, how environmental disaster affects identity and class, how tourism affects historical knowledge and political policies, what kinds of communities are produced by deportation and how everyone of us is implicated in all of these questions.


HILA 1501:   Latin American Borderlands with Lean Sweeney

Department:     History

Day/Time:          Wednesdays, 3:30-6

Borderlands lie between seemingly rigid categories—not simply between two national borders, but between any kinds of social or political boundaries.  They also expand and contract, and ooze into space where they were previously absent, changing a “bordered” space into borderland one.  The processes and agents of Latin American spatial reorganization—the tragedies and creations that came out of European and American contact, alliance and resistance; the women who passed as men, slaves who passed as free, and criminals who passed as patriots—are central to shaping Latin American politics and culture through their contestation of social, political, economic, racial and gendered categories. Manipulation of space—of cities, houses, markets and the countryside-- and the language of spatial control—around nationhood, citizenship, class, race and gender--have also been critical to the way to boundaries have been asserted, maintained, rearranged and rejected.  This course brings to center stage the people, processes and places that have in many cases been left out of “traditional” narratives of Latin American history, and encourages students to discuss why certain stories have trumped others in providing us with particular assumptions about Latin American history.  Cases applying the theories of scholars such as James Scott, Judith Butler, Michel Foucault, Henri LeFebvre, Immanuel Wallerstein, Jorge Cañizares-Esguerra and Aníbal Quijano supply strategies for understanding the historical importance and cultural dynamics of these epistemological battles around category-making, boundary-crossing, and what it means to live in a state of “in-between.”


MDST 3510:             Border Media with Camilla Fojas

Department:      Media Studies

Day/Time:          Wed, 3:30-6:00

In this course we consider the mediated cultures of the U.S.-Mexico borderlands. We analyze the varied mythology of the border as a danger zone, an intermediary zone, and a place of contact and conflict. We explore theorizations of the border as a site of cultural exchanges, resistance and critical negotiation; interchanges that impact the construction of race, ethnicity, sexuality and gender from both sides of the border. We discuss issues relating to U.S. policies of immigration as well as the economic and political consequences of globalization and heightened national security and surveillance along the border zone. We discuss how popular media impacts the culture of the borderlands


MDST 4559:             Internet Distributed Television with Eli Carter

Department:      Media Studies

Day/Time:          Thursdays, 5:00-7:30

Description: The objective of this course is to provide a comprehensive understanding of Internet-distributed television. Employing a Television Studies approach, this course will contemplate and probe the recent rise of what has been referred to as "Online TV," "Open TV,” or “Portals.” To this end, in addition to providing broad historical context beginning in the 1940s, the course will be organized around three broad points of articulation: legislation and production, aesthetics and representation, and reception. The intranational, transnational, and multidisciplinary approaches that make up the different sections will provide the student with a unique, comparative, and wide-ranging understanding of Internet-Distributed Television in a global context.


POTR 4559:  Global South: Brazilian Soccer in a Global Context With Eli Carter

Department:      Portuguese

Day/Time:          Tuesdays, 4:00-6:30

Description:  Brazilian "futebol" or soccer has long been celebrated throughout the world for its myriad stars and singular style of play. Providing a broad historical overview of the development of soccer in Brazil, the objective of this course is to explore cultural and socio-political issues raised by the sport, all while connecting these to broader processes of globalization beginning in the early 1990s.


SPAN 3020-002: Grammar and Composition II- Writing for Social Justice and Change with Esther Poveda

Department:      Spanish

Date/Time:        MWF 10:00 am- 10:50 am

Have you ever wondered what kinds of change could you enact with more proficient Spanish writing skills? In this section of SPAN 3020, you will have the opportunity to grapple with advanced grammatical and writing skills while you read and discuss selected works by representative Latin American authors that have used writing as a tool for social justice and change, and by participating in a community engagement project. In this course, in addition to completing 15-18 hours of volunteer work with a local organization in the fields of immigration and education, health, or social work, you will deliberately use advanced grammatical forms to construct meaning and will produce texts in which grammar and meaning interact to lead to effective writing in Spanish.

SPRING 2021 (Meeting days/time TBA)

SPAN 3030: Cultural Conversations- Sí se puede: Community Engagement in Spanish Speaking Charlottesville

SPAN 3030: Cultural Conversation- Sí se puede: Community Engagement in Spanish-Speaking Charlottesville is the continuation of SPAN 3020-001: Grammar and Composition II- Writing for Social Justice and Change. It is Spanish conversation course on the history, and the experiences of the Spanish-speaking population in the USA. In this course, students will continue the community engagement projects that they initiated in the Fall. In class, we will engage in an exploration of the history, contributions, and cultural productions of Spanish-speaking communities and individuals in the USA through a variety of documents (written and oral), and through conversations with leaders in our Latino Community. Throughout the semester, we will also reflect on how language learning is a rewarding and continuous process that allows us to better understand ourselves, to communicate with others, and to construct a more tolerant, and fair world around us.

Both courses will be conducted in Spanish, and the civic & community engagement projects will allow students to use their Spanish with the Charlottesville community.

Please note that, as part of the UVA Civic & Community Engagement Program, this is a two-semester course; therefore, students are required to take both courses in the sequence articulated above.

For any questions or further information please contact Prof. Esther Poveda Moreno at


SPAN 3420:  Survey of Colonial Literature with Allison Bigelow

Department:      Spanish

Date/Time:        TuTh 9:30-10:45

¿Qué es la literatura colonial en América, la así llamada cuarta parte del mundo? En este curso introductorio, analizaremos la diversidad literaria y cultural de la época colonial a través de conversaciones en la sala de clase y trabajos escritos. Las metas del curso abordan la explicación de textos literarios con ideas creativas y vocabulario critico y la colaboración con sus compañeras y compañeros en los trabajos orales y escritos.

Lectura: del libro _Voces de Hispanoamérica_ (ed. Raquel Chang-Rodríguez y Malva E. Filer) y en Collab


SPAN 4500:  “Literatures of the Latin American Jungle” with Charlotte Rogers

Department:      Spanish

Date/Time:        MW 2:00-3:15pm

This course studies representations of the jungle in twentieth-century Latin American literature. The course will address the following questions: How has the environment shaped literature about South America, and vice versa? We will explore how the discourses of imperialism, anthropology, medicine and science shape the answers to this question.  Other elements common to these jungle novels, such as the encounter with the Other, the protagonists’ negotiation of sexuality and madness, and the enduring popularity of the jungle adventure myth will also be addressed. Texts by Quiroga, Rivera, Carpentier, Vargas Llosa, Mutis and Hatoum.


Span 4500:   Special Topics: Julio Cortázar with Gustavo Pellón

Department:      Spanish

Date/Time:        MWF 11:00-11:50am    

Spanish 3300 Texts and Interpretation y por lo menos un curso panorámico de literatura (3400, 3410, 3420, 3430) son requisitos para este curso. 

En este curso estudiaremos la obra del escritor argentino Julio Cortázar con especial atención a sus cuentos, poemas, ensayos y sus traducciones de los cuentos de Edgar Allan Poe al español.


SPAN 4700:  Spanish Culture 20 and 21st Century with Fernando Operé

Department:     Spanish

Day/Time:          MW 5:00 to 6:15pm

This course deals with Spain in the 20th and 21st centuries.  It will begin with the most important political events since 1900 (end of the Monarchy of Alfonso XIII, the 2nd Republic, Spanish Civil War, Franco Dictatorship), up to the present political events of modern Spain ruled by a parliament under a constitutional monarchy, integrated into the European Community.  Special emphasis will be put in understanding Spain in its complexity, social composition and decomposition, fiestas, and the main social changes of the Spanish society after the death of Franco in 1975 (immigration, nationalism).  Part of the course will be dedicated to the study of the Spanish artistic movements and its most relevant contemporary representatives in the field of music (flamenco and popular), painting (Dalí, Picasso, Sorolla), architecture (Gaudí, Calatrava).


Span 4710:   Latin American Culture and Civilization: Mexico and Argentina with Fernando Operé

Department:      Spanish

Day/Time:          W 3:30 to 4:45pm

This course intends to acquaint the student with the history and culture of two important countries in Latin America: Argentina and Mexico. We will start with pre-Columbian cultures, and the historical evolution from colonial times, the Independent period up to the present. The second part of the course will be dedicated to study cultural and social topics: identity; race and ethnicity; city and countryside; migration, artistic and music production; food and cuisine; fluctuations in the economy; religion and its many manifestations; and violence and resistance among others. The methodology is the consistent comparison of these two countries in the most important faces of their history, culture and development.



Friday, October 20, 2017