2021 Summer - History: Topic Courses

HIS395H5F: Topics in History: The Latin American Boom (L. Amaya Madrid)

This course explores the literature of the Latin American Boom and places it within larger literary, historical, and political contexts. While some authors such as Gabriel Garcia Marquez and some ideas such as Magical Realism have become household names, we will look at the broad literary landscape of the 60's and 70's in Latin America and its place in global conversations. The primary sources for this class include novels, short stories, essays, and films produced throughout Latin America, from Mexico and Central America, to the Caribbean, and to South America and Brazil. This is a reading and writing intensive class, and some familiarity with Spanish is helpful but not necessary.


HIS392H5S: Topics in Global History: Argentina in Words and Images (K. Coleman)

Through movies, literature, and historical research, we will attempt to understand the ideas and memories of the central protagonists of twentieth-century Argentina. We begin by studying the rise of populists Juan Peron and Evita, and conclude with an investigation into the Dirty War that claimed the lives of some 30,000 people between 1976-1983.


HIS494H5S: Advanced Topics in History of the Americas: Revolution and Counterrevolution in Latin America (K. Coleman)

This seminar examines testimonial literature from the civil wars that ripped Guatemala and El Salvador apart during the 1970s and 1980s. We will read Rigoberta Menchu and Carolyn Forche alongside the United Nations Truth Commission Reports. Each student will produce an original final project, in the form of an essay, a podcast, or a video.