1B Race, Love & Conquest: Myth in the Americas CAPP —CRITICAL APPROACHES: (ARTS & HUMANITIES)Class Lecture COLL-C 103 (8417)Mon/Wed 2:30PM - 3:45PM SGIS (GA) Rm 0001Film Screenings COLL-C 103 (8480)Tu 6:00 PM - 8:00 PMBallantine Rm 109Students must enroll in and attend both lecture and Film ScreeningsDr. Quetzil CastañedaOffice Hours: Wed 4 –5:30 pm and by Appt. CLACS—Latin American and Caribbean Studies East Wing 2ndFloor North, SGIS Office: 812 855 9097 Email [email protected]Teaching Assistants Magda Dragu [email protected]office hrs TBA, in CLACS office Matthew Cesnik [email protected]office hrs TBA, in CLACS officeFind course syllabus, readings, and other resources on Canvas Course Description: What is Love? How does love relate to adventure, travel, and politics? We often say that love “conquers all” thus we ask how is love used as a story to justify conquest and colonization in the Americas but also generally anywhere? In this class, we explore how “love”especially transgressive love across races, classes and cultures, or between same sex is written up and told in myths and histories that have fundamentally created and shaped our identities as “Americans” specifically, and as the proper descendants and inheritors of Western Civilization. In other words, we explore love as an ideology used to explain and legitimate political domination or conquest in historical situations of colonialism or inter-racial conflict. This course destabilizes our popular assumptions about “whiteness” through an interrogation of how “otherness” has been envisioned and fabricated by European racial politics beginning with the discovery of the Americas. By exploring cannibalism, noble savage, and myths about the conquest of the Americas, this course presents an alternative approach to understanding the history to Western Civilization and to American society and culture through an exploration of love.
We start by reading the Tempest and track the love plot of adventure, transgression, and conquest from Shakespeare’s Mediterranean islands through to stories of famous founding “lovers” such as Cortez and Malinche and track love in stories about the founding of the US nation, such as Last of the Mohicans. In this context we learn about the self-serving mythologies that have legitimated colonialism in the Americas. In this part of the course we examine cannibalism, the birth of the Noble Savage, the Indian as a figure of Redemption, and other myths that continue to be perpetuated about the conquest of the Americas. The course is designed as a comparative analysis of narrative expressed in film and literature. Most weeks structured by viewing a film version of a text. This often is the comparison of a Hollywood film version of literary text or it can be educational film take on a socio-historical analysis.