Voices from Latin America

MAS 610

“Voices from Latin America: The Modern Period” aims to educate students about contemporary Latin American society and culture from the perspective of historical memory. After brief explorations of Latin America’s modern history and historiography, the course delves into the study of historical memories of the Cold War period in two Latin American countries: Chile and Guatemala. The course looks at the relation between history and memory through documentary films, a classic novel, and some scholarly sources. For the final project students will have the opportunity to create an electronic portfolio based on one of the Latin American countries using the online service WordPress.com.

Course Summary: A broad overview of the course content and learning outcomes.


John C. Chasteen, Born in Blood in Fire, 3rd edition (WWNorton, 2011).

James A. Wood, Problems in Modern Latin American History, 4th edition (Rowman and Littlefield, 2014).

Gabriel Garcia Marquez, One Hundred Years of Solitude, any paperback edition will do (recommend Harper Perennial reprint edition of 2006 translated by Gregory Rabassa).

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