This course explores Latin American and Caribbean culture and its connections with Europe and Africa through references to witches, witchcraft, and other forms of religion and power exercised by women, including practices from Santería, Palo Monte and other Afro-Caribbean religions. With a wide lens on how many women and queer bodies have been considered deviants, dangerous, and deemed punishable, this class will look at how colonialism and its aftermath shaped discourses around religion in the Americas, and how legal documents, visual arts, film, novels, and theater, have represented and contested those discourses and bodies.
The course will be taught by Lilianne Lugo Herrera, (Ph.D., University of Miami). Herrera’s work focuses on the intersection of theater and media in contemporary works by women playwrights.
Prerequisites and Restrictions
SPA 207 or SPA 209 or instructor’s permission. Native speakers also welcome.