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Jacqueline Jones, Chair 128 Inner Campus Dr., Stop B7000, GAR 1.104 Austin, TX 78712-1739 • 512-471-3261

Spring 2008

HIS 386K • Historiography of Gender in Col Latin Amer

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
40500 W
2:00 PM-5:00 PM
GAR 0.120

Course Description

This seminar will introduce graduate students to selected topics in the scholarly literature concerning gender in Latin America from pre-contact to the 19th century. This sweep included the initial encounters between indigenous and Iberian worlds, conquest and early colonization, the formation of the mature colonial society, and republican alternations. An central focus will be to trace historiographical, methodological, and processual currents as historians and social scientists explore gender parallelisms, indigenous resistance and accommodation, patriarchy, sexuality, courtship, family formation/breakup, elite and plebeian honor, public and private spheres, caste politics, masculinities, gendered institutions, and republican variants.

Grading Policy

Weekly assignments 20 percent, class discussion 40 percent, paper 40 percent. Since the course meets but once a week, it is imperative that students attend. Unexcused absences may result in a lowering of the final grade.


Selected articles, book chapters, and the index of the Hispanic American Historical Review 1918-2007 will be posted on Blackboard. Richard Boyer and Geoffrey Spurling, Colonial Lives: Documents on Latin American History 1550-1850 (Oxford University Press 1999). Tanja Christiansen, Disobedience, Slander, Seduction and Assault: Women and Men in Cajamarca, Peru, 1862-1900 (University of Texas Press 2004). Arlene Diaz, Female Citizens, Patriarchs and the Law in Venezuela, 1786-1904 (University of Nebraska Press, 2004). Kimberly Gauderman, Women's Lives in Colonial Quito. Gender, Law, and Economy in Spanish America (University of Texas 2003). Karen B. Graubart, With our Labor and Sweat: Indigenous Women and the Formation of Colonial Society in Peru, 1550-1700, (Stanford University Press, 2007). Cynthia Milton, The Many Meanings of Poverty: Colonialism, Social Compacts and Assistance in Eighteenth-Century Ecuador (Stanford University Press, 2007). Bianca Premo, Children of the Father King: Youth, Authority and Legal Minority in Colonial Lima, (University of North Carolina Press, 2006). Susan Schroeder, Indian Women of Early Mexico (University Of Oklahoma Press 1999) (EBOOK) Pete Sigal, Infamous Desire: Male Homosexuality in Colonial Latin America (University of Chicago Press 2003). Ann Twinam, Public Lives Private Secrets: Gender Honor, Sexuality and Illegitimacy in Colonial Spanish America (Stanford University Press 1999). "Women and Gender in Colonial Latin America," pamphlet commissioned for the series Women and Gender in Global Perspective, American Historical Association. 2007.


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