Fall 2012 - Graduate Course Descriptions

Rankin, Monica
Discipline and Number
HUHI 6315 Section 001
M Time 1:00 PM - 3:45 PM
Course Title
Latin American Popular Culture

Description of Course:

This course will examine Latin American history through the lens of popular culture in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. We will examine issues that fall within that time period thematically, rather than chronologically, paying particular attention to recreational and other activities that influenced (and continue to influence) the lives of Latin Americans. Possible themes include, but are not limited to, public festivals, religion, sports, music, food, fashion, print media, television, and film. We will specifically focus on how various forms of popular culture fit within a broader historical narrative, and in particular, how popular culture contributes to a continuously evolving sense of national identity. Finally, we will examine the methodology behind conducting research in topics relating to popular culture and critique various works.

Required Texts:

Arnold Bauer, Good, Power, History: Latin America’s Material Culture (Cambridge University Press, (2001) ISBN: 05217702x

Terry Rugeley, Of Wonders and Wise Men: Religion and Popular Cultures in Southeast Mexico, 1800-1876 (University of Texas Press, 2001) ISBN: 029277107x

William Beezley, Judas at the Jockey Club: And Other Episodes of Porfirian Mexico (University of Nebraska Press, 2004) ISBN: 0803262175

Helen Delpar, The Enormous Vogue of Things Mexican: Cultural Relations between the United States and Mexico, 1920-1935 (University of Alabama Press, 1992) ISBN: 0817308113

Anne Rubenstein, Bad Language, Naked Ladies, and Other Threats to the Nation: A Political History of Comic Books in Mexico (Duke University Press, 1998) ISBN: 0822321416

Sergio de la Mora, Cinemachismo: Masculinities & Sexuality in Mexican Film (University of Texas Press, 2006) ISBN: 0292712979

Eric Zolov, Refried Elvis: The Rise of the Mexican Counterculture (University of California Press, 1999) ISBN: 0520215141

Mark Cameron Edberg, El Narcotraficante: Narcocorridos & the Construction of a Cultural Persona on the U.S.-Mexico Border (University of Texas Press, 2001) ISBN: 0842027718

Thomas O’Brien, The Century of U.S. Capitalism in Latin America (University of New Mexico Press, 1999) ISBN: 0826319963

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