History | Being a Man in Latin America
J400 | 3012 | Diaz
Above section open to majors only
Above section open to undergraduates only
What does it means to be a man at different times and societies in
Latin America? This course aims at analyzing how different forms of
masculinity were socially constructed from colonial to modern times.
We will study how a particular version of hegemonic masculinity and
subordinate forms of masculinity and femininity not only coexisted,
but also challenged and influenced each other. The behavior and
ideas of some Latin American men will be studied through the use of
personal accounts, public speeches, sports, music, art, literature,
and movies. We will also read theoretical works by anthropologists
and sociologists on the subject.
This class not only will expose students to different scholarly
perspectives used in the historical study of masculinities but more
importantly will help students to further develop core academic
skills necessary for successful college-level work. While the
course focuses on history as a discipline, the instructor will
emphasize the basic skills of close and careful reading, critical
thinking, and clear and persuasive academic writing. Most of this
training will be centered on the production of a number of short
interpretative essays throughout the semester.