Spring 2011 - Graduate Course Descriptions

Rankin, Monica
Discipline and Number
HIST 6365 Section 501
W Time 7:00 PM - 9:45 PM
Course Title
Mexican Revolution

Description of Course:

The course will examine the nature of Mexico’s 1910 Revolution using a combination of historical studies, first-hand accounts, and literary accounts. The course will start with an overview of the causes and course of the revolution, followed by an in-depth consideration of the legacy and meaning of the revolutionary era. The emphasis will be on how participants and observers of the war molded the revolution into a movement that took on increasing cultural importance and became intricately linked to evolving notions of Mexican identity. Focusing on representations of the revolution in various expressions of popular culture throughout the twentieth-century, we will examine how “revolutionaries” became legendary icons of greater meaning not only for Mexico, but for U.S. and other foreign observers.

Required Texts:

Anita Brenner, The Wind that Swept Mexico (University of Texas Press, 1984) ISBN: 0292790244

John Reed, Insurgent Mexico (International Publishers; Reprint edition, 1988) ISBN: 0717800997

Max Parra, Writing Pancho Villa's Revolution: Rebels in the Literary Imagination of Mexico (University of Texas Press, 2006) ISBN: 0292709781

William Davis, Experiences and Observations of an American Consular Officer During the Mexican Revolutions (Kessinger Publishing, 2005) ISBN: 1417989211

Martin Luis Guzman, The Eagle and the Serpent (Peter Smith Publisher, 1969) ISBN: 0844606685

Mark Cronlund Anderson, Pancho Villa’s Revolution by Headlines (University of Oklahoma Press, 2000) ISBN: 0806131721

Elena Poniatowska Here’s to You, Jesusa! (Penguin (Non Classics) 2002) ISBN: 0142001228

John Steinbeck, Zapata (Penguin (Non Classics) 1993) ISBN: 0140173226

Hector Aguilar Camin, In the Shadow of the Mexican Revolution: Contemporary Mexican History, 1910-1989 (University of Texas Press, 1993) ISBN: 0292704518

Adolfo Gilly, The Mexican Revolution (The New Press, 2005) ISBN: 978-1-59558-123-5

Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:

To be announced

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