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Fall 2011-2012
* LAS 317 / ART 397 / SPA 397   No Pass/D/Fail

Photography and History in Mexico

John G. Mraz

This course will offer an introductory history of Mexico since 1839 through its photography (by Mexicans and foreigners). It is structured chronologically, from the arrival of daguerreotypes in the country to digitalization. This course also offers an examination of photographic genres and the methodologies with which we can analyze them. A major focus of the course is on developing methods for incorporating photographs into studies in the humanities and the social sciences; it will engage in an interrogation of photography as a historical source, as a way of communicating history research, and as a technique of teaching history.

Sample reading list:
Olivier Debroise, Mexican Suite: A History of Photography in Mexico
Leonard Folgarait, Seeing Mexico Photographed
John Mraz, Looking for Mexico

Reading/Writing assignments:
Approximately 150 pages of reading per week. Grades for the course will be based on: take-home final or creative project, short paper or advance of the creative project, oral presentation, and class participation. The short paper requires analysis of an image or set of images in a book on Mexico history (5 pages). The oral presentation will be a 10 minute critical take on one of the readings for that week. The take-home final or creative project should be at least 15 pages.

Requirements/Grading:
Paper in lieu of Final - 50%
Papers - 25%
Oral Presentation(s) - 10%
Class/Precept Participation - 15%

Other information:
Students pursuing a Certificate in SPA or POR are required to complete all written work in the target language.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
23744 S01 7:30 pm - 10:20 pm T   Aaron Burr Hall   213   Enrolled:5 Limit:16