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Spring 2012-2013
* REL 278 / LAS 278 / LAO 278 (HA)  

Histories and Themes in Mexican Religion

Jessica Delgado

This course is a thematic exploration of Mexican religion from the sixteenth century on. Students will read secondary and primary readings and will think through concepts like: "popular" and local religion; "spiritual conquest" vs. religious negotiation; visual devotional culture; and spiritual geography. They will learn about histories of: religious orders and Native Americans; religion and "American Baroque" religiosity; the impact of Bourbon Reforms on religious practice; the Church and state in the post- independence period; and popular participation in religious rebellion in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

Sample reading list:
Edward Osowski, Indigenous Miracles
Herman Bennet, Africans in Colonial Mexico
William Tayor, Shrines and Miraculous Images
Matthew O'Hara, A Flock Divided
Pamela Voekel, Alone Before God
Jennifer Hughes, Biography of a Mexican Crucifix
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
100-160 pages of reading per week; weekly primary document analyses and reading response journal; midterm which includes a 10-12 page take-home component and a short ID quiz component in class; and 12-15 page final paper.

Requirements/Grading:
Paper in lieu of Final - 35%
Take Home Mid term Exam - 30%
Class/Precept Participation - 15%
Other (See Instructor) - 20%

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
42627 C01 11:00 am - 12:20 pm T Th   Frist Campus Center   206   Enrolled:4 Limit:25