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AMST 642 01 (23691) /WGSS642/CPLT550/AFAM642
Blackness in Latinx and Latin America
Dixa Ramirez
T 3.30-5.20 HGS 301
Spring 2017 
 
This interdisciplinary reading seminar explores how ideas about blackness developed in Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking Latin America and the Latinx United States. Reading authors such as Junot Díaz, Gilberto Freyre, Nicolás Guillén, Sylvia Wynter, Mary Louise Pratt, Herman Melville, Carlos Fuentes, Deb Vargas, David Kazanjian, and María Elena Martínez, we address a wide variety of issues including slave insurrections, the plantation system, piracy and buccaneering, the black roots of several Latin American musical genres, miscegenation/mestizaje and colorism, and the central role of sexuality in race-based social hierarchies.