History | Gender in Latin American Studies
H665 | 17120 | Diaz

A portion of the above class reserved for majors
Above class open to graduates only

This course seeks to familiarize students with key historiographical
issues on gender in Latin America from colonial times to the
twentieth century. The aims of the course are twofold: 1) to analyze
some classic works as well as recent ones on women and gender; and
2) to understand the story behind the story, that is, the academic,
political, and social context in which these texts were produced and
the theories and methods that influenced them. With this in mind,
key themes in the evolution of the field will be studied, including:
the legal, social, and economic condition of women; the family and
how it adapted to economic changes; the role of race, sexuality, and
gender in the reproduction of social hierarchies; the connections
between domestic gender relations and the state; the ways in which
different ideas on sexuality challenged church and state norms; the
political change during independence and how it affected women and
men and ideas about citizenship; the control of reproduction and
sexuality in a colonial context; the interactions between the sexes
in an area of high migration and limited state intervention; the
discussion of what it meant to be a man in a contemporary urban
area; and the experience of working women in the urban industry
sector. As we study these issues, we will be able to connect them
with important theories that have informed them such as Marxism,
post-structuralism, subaltern studies, and methodologies such as
quantitative and textual analyses, discourse analysis, memory,
cultural history, and oral history. These issues, theories,
methodologies, and conceptual advances should inspire students in
the planning and conceptualization of their final project either in
the form of a research proposal, a course proposal, or a final
interpretative paper.