Gender, Sexuality, Marriage, and Family in Latin America


This course focuses on marriage, family, gender, sex, and sexuality in Latin America from the colonial period to the present. We will study varying forms of marriage and family construction—arranged marriage, elopement, bigamy, intermarriage and race mixing, and same-sex marriage. Other themes include: how indigenous women, families, and communities confronted the conquest; sexuality and the body; sexual norms and deviations; women’s spirituality, sorcery, and power; honor, love, romance, desire, seduction, fidelity, infidelity, and sexual violence; gender and everyday life; women, gender, and social change; the intersections of sex, gender, race, and ethnicity; queer subjectivities and sexual rights movements; gender identity, representation, and performance and the nation; and gender and the transnational arena. The class is organized chronologically and thematically. Readings on arranged marriage, prostitution, and sex slavery will tie in with the Women’s History Conference on human trafficking. Assigned readings include: historical monographs, articles, and chapters; scholarly work emerging from other disciplines; and historical novels.