HL90BR: Cultures of Commodity Production Across the Americas

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2017

Instructor: Frances P. Sullivan
Meeting time: Monday, 1-3

This seminar explores the history of Latin American and Caribbean commodity production, including sugar, bananas, coffee, rubber, electronics, and cocaine. Drawing on historical texts, poetry, fiction, and film, we will study the diverse communities created by the women and men laboring in the region’s major export industries. This course invites students to learn about the rich cultural and social histories linking individuals to wider processes of commodity circulation and global capitalism.