HIS 363K • COLONIAL LAT AMER THRU OBJECTS
This is an upper level undergraduate lecture class that studies colonial Latin America and British America through "objects," (including paintings, furniture, maps, architecture, scientific apparatus, handcrafts) to gain new insights on the operations of colonial culture that textually based documents cannot capture. The course puts great emphasis on the study of colonial society within global history. Students will write four short 5 page papers each analyzing a material object from the colonial period. Students will be expected to situate the object in its appropriate historical context and use the object to shed light on aspects of colonial culture. Papers will be graded according to content, coherence, grammar, and style.
Possible Topics: 1. Altars 2. Animals 3. Astronomical Instruments 4. Books 5. Carts-Transportation 6. Churches 7. Cities 8. Clothing 9. Convents 10. Furniture 11. Gardens 12. Landscapes 13. Libraries 14. Maps 15. Mining Instruments 16. Music 17. Navigation (ships) 18. Palaces 19. Plants I (cochineal) 20. Plants II (chocolate) 21. Plazas 22. Pueblos 23. Quipus 24. Reliquaries
Gauvin Alexander Bailey, art of colonial Latin America Samuel Edgerton, Theaters of conversion Amy Butler Greenfield, A perfect red Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, Age of Homespun Ilona Katzew, Casta Painting