HIS 350L • The Amazon: Histories/Myths-W
3:00 PM-6:00 PM
This course explores the history of the Amazon from the pre-Columbian era and the age of European "discovery" up to contemporary struggles to determine the fate of the forest. Using a multidisciplinary approach-historical monographs, novels, popular films, documentaries, advertising, environmental advocacy literature-the course focuses on the shifting historical depictions of the region: from fabled El Dorado to "green hell"; from the "breadbasket" to the "lungs" of the world; from the impenetrable jungle to the endangered rain forest. Highlighting both state initiatives to develop the region and the efforts of local populations to engage them, the course aims to offer students a more well-rounded understanding of the region's past and present.
Stephen Minta, Aguirre: the re-creation of a sixteenth-century journey across South America Alejo Carpentier, The Lost Steps Suzanna Sawyer, Crude Chronicles: Indeigenous politics, Multinational oil, and Neoliberalism in Ecuador Chico Mendes, Chico Mendes In His Own Words Seth Garfield: Indigenous Struggle at the Heart of Brazil Todd Diacon, Stringing Together a nation: Candido Mariano da Silva Rondon and the Construction of a Modern Brazil, 1906-1930 Roger Stone, Dreaming of Amazonia Candace Slater, Entangled Edens: Visions of Amazonia Henry Walter Bates, Naturalist on the River Amazons Theodore Roosevelt, Through the Brazilian Wilderness