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Fall 2012-2013
* REL 378 / GSS 378 / LAS 379 (HA)  

Religion, Gender, and Sexuality in Early Latin America

Jessica Delgado

This seminar explores scholarship on the history of religion, gender, and sexuality in Latin America, focusing primarily on the mainland colonial period (1492-1821), but including some pre-colonial and the nineteenth century material. Through historical studies, primary documents, and discussion, students will consider connections between religious beliefs, spiritual and sexual practices, gendered social relations, and the ways race, class, and gender intersected with ideas about moral and social order in the period under study. We will also think critically about how scholars have portrayed these subjects.

Sample reading list:
Rosemary Joyce, Gender and Power in Prehispanic Mesoamerica
Nancy E. van Deusen, Between the Sacred and the Worldly
Kathryn Burns, Colonial Habits
Margaret Chowning, Rebellious Nuns
Martha Few, Women Who Live Evil Lives
Nora Jaffary, False Mystics

Reading/Writing assignments:
Approximately 150 pages of reading per week; participation; one presentation; three short essays and a final paper due Dean's date.

Requirements/Grading:
Paper in lieu of Final - 30%
Papers - 45%
Oral Presentation(s) - 10%
Class/Precept Participation - 15%

Other information:
Some previous work in Religion, OR Latin America, OR gender and sexuality studies is advised but not required.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
22953 S01 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm W   McCormick Hall   362   Enrolled:7 Limit:15