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SPAN 206 A: Arts And Culture Of Oaxaca

Oaxaca, Mexico
Meeting Time: 
MW 1:00pm - 2:20pm
DEN 112
Jorge Gonzalez
Jorge González Casanova

Additional Details:

This course offers an introduction to the history and cultures of the Mexican State of Oaxaca.  First, it will present a brief overview of Mexican and Oaxacan history.  Then it will address a variety of issues, such as:

  • resistance of Oaxacan indigenous peoples to globalization and cultural homogenization
  • machismo and gender identity
  • the influence of international markets and capitalist practices on the production of local handicrafts.
  • religious syncretism and how it manifests itself in popular fiestas like the Day of the Dead celebration.
  • An overview of Oaxacan cuisine and music.

Course Taught in English. Credits are VLPA and I&S Eligible. No Prerequisites (Prerequisites cancellation in effect).

Catalog Description: 
Introduction to the contemporary culture of Oaxaca, Mexico, particularly painting, folk arts, and Days of the Dead, in the context of recent Mexican politics and society. Prerequisite: SPAN 103, which may be taken concurrently. Instructors: Gonzalez
GE Requirements: 
Individuals and Societies (I&S)
Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts (VLPA)
Last updated: 
April 20, 2020 - 3:28pm