Introduction to the Study of Hispanic Cultures

HISP-S324 - Prof. Mejias-Lopez — spring 2023

Alejandro Mejías-López
WH 007
Days and Times
MW 1:15P-2:30P
Course Description

This course aims to provide students with an overview of the cultural history of Latin America and Spain from ancient to modern times while introducing them to the analysis of cultural production in the Spanish-speaking world. We’ll learn about broad historical periods and their cultural manifestations: ancient civilizations of the Americas and the Iberian Peninsula; the Roman, Aztec, and Inca empires; Muslim, Jewish, and Christian Spain in the Middle Ages; the Spanish empire and the conquest and colonization of America; nationalism and nation formation in the 19th century; revolutions, wars, democracies, and globalization in the 20th and 21st centuries. Focusing on cultural objects, we’ll pay attention to the continuities and discontinuities between past and present, and discuss how the past affects the present and the present recreates the past. Special attention will be given to: visual culture (including fine arts, photography, and film), critical categories such as gender, race/ethnicity, and class; and other concepts relevant to Latin American and Spanish histories, such as imperialism/colonialism, nationalism, mestizaje, memory/trauma, etc. Both the language skills as well as the critical and analytical tools that students develop in this course will help improve their linguistic and cultural competence and prepare them for 400-level courses in Spanish.

This course carries CASE AH and CASE GCC distribution credit.

HISP-S 324    #4780      1:15P-2:30P       MW       WH 007     Prof. Alejandro Mejías-López   

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