WGST 147
Women and Men in Twentieth-Century Latin America
Last Offered Fall 2008
Division II Writing Skills
Cross-listed HIST 147 / WGST 147
This course is not offered in the current catalog or this is a previous listing for a current course.

Class Details

The twentieth century saw massive transformations in virtually all realms of Latin American societies. Notions about the roles of men and women, however, displayed less obvious changes: machismo, stereotypes would have us believe, remains very much in force. Using a variety of texts–including literary fiction, videos, photography, and anthropological and historical studies–we will evaluate the consequences of such dominant visions–as well as the inadequacies of analyses based on them. Besides looking at machismo and its corollaries, we will explore how such codes have faced alternative readings by women and men and the challenges of subversive gender identities and sexualities. Topics will include the modernization of patriarchal relations, domestic violence and men’s real and attempted control over their women, the repercussions of women’s changing participation in the industrializing and globalized economies of the late-twentieth century, the problematic relationship between women’s movements and progressive and revolutionary politics, and the links between racial/ethnic identities and gender roles.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 19
Expected: 19
Class#: 1255
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: evaluation will be based on class participation, a series of short papers, and an 8- to 10-page research paper
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: first-year students, and then to sophomores who have not previously taken a 100-level seminar
Unit Notes: meets Group D requirement in History major only if registration is under HIST
Distributions: Division II Writing Skills
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
HIST 147 Division II WGST 147 Division II
Attributes: HIST Group D Electives - Latin America + Caribbean
INST Latin American Studies Electives
LATS Countries of Origin + Transnationalism Elect
WGST Racial, Sexual + Cultural Diversity Courses

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