Spring 2012 - Graduate Course Descriptions

Ring, Natalie
Discipline and Number
HIST 6340 Section 501
W Time 7:00 PM - 9:45 PM
Course Title
The Global South

Description of Course:

In 1955, the historian C. Vann Woodward argued that the U.S. South’s “experience of military defeat, occupation, and reconstruction” meant that it had more in common with the rest of the world than with any other part of the United States. This interdisciplinary course introduces students to the idea of the hemispheric or “global South,” a concept that challenges the traditional disciplinary boundaries of American Studies, Southern Studies, and Latin American Studies. Drawing on a range of work in cultural, intellectual, and literary history, this class will examine the real and imagined connections between the U.S. South, Latin America, and the Caribbean, focusing on themes such as race, slavery, agriculture, colonialism, regionalism, modernity and identity.

This course will be team taught with Dr. Charles Hatfield (Latin American Literature). You may either register for the class as HIST 6340 or HUSL 6398.

Required Texts:

Rebecca Scott, Louisiana and Cuba after Slavery (2008), ISBN # 978-0674027596

Matthew Pratt Guterl, American Mediterranean: Southern Slaveholders in the Age of Emancipation (2008), ISBN # 978-0674028685

Deborah Cohn, History and Memory in the Two Souths: Southern and Spanish American Fiction (1999), ISBN # 978-0826513328

Sibylle Fisher, Modernity Disavowed: Haiti and the Cultures of Slavery in the Age of Revolution (2004), ISBN # 978-0822332909

Douglass Sullivan-Gonzalez and Charles Reagan Wilson, eds., The South and the Caribbean (2007), ISBN # 9781934110379

David Luis-Brown, Waves of Decolonization: Discourses of Race and Hemispheric Citizenship in Cuba, Mexico, and the United States (2008), ISBN # 978-0822343660

Elizabeth Abbott, Sugar: A Bittersweet History (2011), ISBN # 978-1590206478

Jon Smith and Deborah Cohn, Look Away! The U.S. South in New World Studies (2004) ISBN # 978-0822333166

Also many articles will be assigned (these will be listed on the syllabus).

Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:


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