Pr. Pablo Sierra Fall 2013 Class Location: LCHAS 141

Pr. Pablo Sierra
Fall 2013
History 150 - Colonial Latin American History, 1492-1810
Class Location: LCHAS 141
Class Hours: MWF, 12-12:50 p.m.
Email: [email protected]
Office Hours: MW, 1-1:50 p.m.
Office: Rush Rhees 458
This survey will cover the colonial process resulting from the encounter of the indigenous
peoples of the Americas with European, African, and Asian societies, cultures and political systems.
This introductory survey course will focus on the process of colonization that the indigenous
societies of the Western Hemisphere experienced from the initial period of contact with Iberians to
the Latin American independence movements. The ensuing influx of Europeans, Africans, Asians and
other displaced indigenous populations formed diverse, vibrant societies defined as much by their
cultural mixture as by their inherent political, social and economic inequality. Latin America was
arguably the site of the most intense and unequal encounter of cultures, technologies, diseases and
religions during the late fifteenth and early sixteenth centuries. This course will cover the ensuing
three centuries of change, accommodation and negotiation that defined the region.
Students will be evaluated at four points during the course. A map quiz will be administered
early on (Week 1 or 2) to familiarize students with the general geography of the region (5%). A
midterm examination (20%) testing knowledge of colonial processes and key terms will be given
during Week 8. A final examination (40%) will consist of multiple choice and short answer questions
in addition to one short essay. Attendance (10%) and weekly responses (25%) will account for the
remaining grade for the course.
Plagiarism and other forms of academic dishonesty will not be tolerated in the course and will
be punished severely. When in doubt over proper citation forms please consult the Purdue Online
Writing Lab (http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/02/). All assignments and activities
associated with this course must be performed in accordance with the University's Academic Honesty
Policy. Please note that cheating on any assignment will result in a grade of zero (for the entire
assignment). More information is available at: www.rochester.edu/college/honesty/.
Textbooks: (other articles to be assigned via JSTOR)
Burkholder, Mark A. & Johnson, Lyman. Colonial Latin America (8th edition). Oxford University
Press, 2012. ISBN 978-0199865888.
Lockhart, James & Otte, Carlos. Letters and People of the Spanish Indies, Sixteenth Century.
Cambridge Press, 1976. ISBN 978-0521099905
Restall, Matthew, ed. Beyond Black and Red: African-Native Relations in Colonial Latin America.
University of New Mexico Press, 2005. ISBN 978-0826324030
Restall, Matthew, Sousa, Lisa, & Terraciano, Kevin, eds.. Mesoamerican Voices: Native Language
Writings from Colonial Mexico, Yucatan and Guatemala. Cambridge Press, 2005. ISBN 9780521012218
Sandoval, Alonso de. Treatise on Slavery: Selections from De Instauranda Aethiopum Salute. Ed. and
transl. by Nicole von Germeten. Hackett Publishing, 2008. ISBN 978-0872209299
Course Schedule:
Week 1 (Sept. 2-6) - Introduction
- CLA, Ch. 1
- Map Quiz
Week 2 (Sept. 9-13) - The Iberian Conquest
- CLA, Ch. 2 and 3
- L&P, pp. ix-xiii, 7-14, 17-38, 56-61, 185-194, 203-207
Week 3 (Sept. 16-20) - The Indigenous Response
- MV, 3-20, 25-44, 47-51, 56-61, 66-71, 75-77, 86-93, 163-172, 184-186
- The Mexica perspective of the fall of Tenochtitlán: a creative writing exercise
Week 4 (Sept. 23-27) - Africans: Soldiers, Settlers & Slaves
- CLA, Ch. 4
- TS, ix-xxx, 27-42, 49-59
- BBR, xi-13, 81-114
Week 5 (Sept. 30 - Nov. 4) - Colonial Religion
- L&P, 211-247, 252-255
- TS, 99-116, 179-191
- MV, 188-194, 196-201
Week 6 (Oct. 7-11) Commerce, Mining, Sugar and Taxes
- CLA, Ch. 5
- BBR, Ch. 6
- L&P, 63-70, 86-113
- MV, 129-133
Week 7 (Oct. 14-18) - Societies of Caste and Class; Elites and Middle Groups
- CLA, Ch. 6
- L&P, 113-116, 123-131, 143-146, 155-162
- TS, 67-76, 125-145
- MV, 96-102
Week 8 (Oct. 21-25) - Family and Society, Women in Colonial Societies and Economies
Midterm
- CLA, Ch. 7
- Alida Metcalf, "Women and Family Property in Colonial Brazil," 277-298 (JSTOR)
- MV, 104-106, 116-117, 137-139, 141-143, 203-223
- BBR, 115-136
Week 9 (Oct. 28 - Nov. 1) - Living in an Empire, Daily Life in the Colonies, Cultural Milieu
- CLA, Ch. 8
- Donald Ramos, "Gossip, Scandal and Popular Culture in Golden Age Brazil," 887-912
- Zeb Tortorici, "Sodomitical Subcultures and Disordered Desire," 35-67
- MV, 150-157
Week 10 (Nov. 4 - 8) - Imperial Expansion: Spanish Colonies, 1680-1762, Brazil, Peripheries
- CLA, Ch. 9
- FILM: The Mission
- James Schofield Saeger, "The Mission and Historical Missions," 393-415
- BBR, 53-80, 223-243
Week 11 (Nov. 11-15) - Crime and Punishment
- MV, 161-167
- Irene Silverblatt, "New Christians and New World Fears," 524-546
- Victor Uribe-Uran, "Spousal Homicides in Late Colonial New Granada," 43-72
- Anthony McFarlane, "Urban Insurrection in Bourbon Quito," 283-330
Week 12 (Nov. 18-22) - Bourbon and Pombaline Reforms: A New Racism
- BBR, 137-158, 245-267
- Ben Vinson III, "Race and Badge," 471-496 (JSTOR)
- Steinar Saether, "Bourbon Absolutism and Marriage Reform," 475-509 (JSTOR)
Week 13 (Nov. 25 - Thanksgiving)
- Sergio Rivera Ayala, “Lewd Songs and Dances”
- Javier Marín López, “Music and Power”
Week 14 (Dec. 2-6) - Crisis and Revolutions: Wars of Independence, 1808-1812
- CLA, Ch. 10
- Brian Hamnett, "Process and Pattern," 279-328
- Eric Van Young, "Quiet Cities and Violent Countrysides," 130-155
Week 15 (Dec. 9-13) - From Empire to Independence: Spanish America, Brazil and Cuba
- CLA, Ch. 11 & Ch. 12
- Francisco Scarano, "The Jíbaro Masquerade and Subaltern Politics," 1398-1431
- FILM: Gritos de Libertad
Week 16 (Dec. 16-20) - Finals Week
Final Exam
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