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This course offers a critical introduction to the historical formation of the Amazon as a place and an idea. Beginning with colonial encounters of the 16th century and concluding with the interrelated human and environmental crisis of the 2020s, students will consider several of the dominant narratives that have come to shape popular ideas about the region and its peoples, as well as a compendium of lesser-known perspectives that call into question the hegemony of widespread imaginaries. We will organize our study chronologically, analyzing chronicles, works of fiction, journalism, historiography, images, film, and music to understand how the cultural and theoretical production of the Amazon relates over time with its social, economic, and political structures.
Spring 2022 T/Th:9:40-10:55 - Dr. Tracy Devine Guzman
The course will be conducted in Portuguese, with readings in Portuguese and occasionally in English. Pre-requisite: POR 202 or special permission of the instructor
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