Colonialism and its Legacies in the Americas

Schools of Public Engagement: Global Studies

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Colonialism in the Americas

Spring 2019

Taught By: Gabriel Vignoli

Section: A

CRN: 7177

Credits: 3

This course challenges stereotypical understandings of colonialism in the Americas, which portray Latin America as shaped by the whims of European and later US imperialism and therefore unable to govern itself. Rather, we interrogate the ways in which the colony can be used to understand how Latin America is reshaping its own political grammar. We will draw on a diversity of literary genres to understand how colonial legacies reflect in the contemporary forms and languages of political and economic struggle. The first part of the course addresses the historical, conceptual and administrative connections between the “Reconquest” (Reconquista) of the Iberian Peninsula and the later “Discovery” and consequent “Conquest” (Conquista) of the Americas. Engaging with purity of blood, the codification of system of castes, races, and slavery, and the effects of the Spanish Inquisition, we trace the emergence of previously non-existent identities—the Indian, the Spanish, the Black—that came to define conditions of possibility for the emergence of Latin America as we understand it today. The second part looks at the effects of the Napoleonic Wars, that weakened Spain’s hold over its American colonies resulting in their independence concomitant with the Monroe Doctrine in the US that created distinct spheres of influence for Western imperial powers. It also looks at key revolutions - US, French, Haitian, and Cuban - that shape the history of the Americas. The third part looks at the effects of colonialism in 20th century Latin America politically through novels written during the so-called Latin American Boom in the late 20th century, and economically looking at how neoliberalism was originally established in the 1970s, and its present day repercussions. Readings will include legal and ontological debates among Spanish colonialists, and literature and art, journalism, theory, and documentary.

College: Schools of Public Engagement (NS)

Department: Global Studies (UGLB)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 18

Enrollment Status: Open*

*Enrollment status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 10:56pm 6/15/2019

Meeting Info:

Days: Tuesday

Times: 3:50pm - 6:30pm

Building: 6 East 16th Street

Room: 1108

Date Range: 1/22/2019 - 5/7/2019