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CLS 09 — Black Brazil: Afro-Brazilian Music, Literature, and Art

Quarter: Winter
Day(s): Wednesdays
Course Format: Live Online (About Formats)
Duration: 6 weeks
Date(s): Jan 25—Mar 1
Time: 7:00—8:50 pm (PT)
Refund Deadline: Jan 27
Unit: 1
Tuition: $385
Instructor(s): Tom Winterbottom
Class Recording Available: Yes
Status: Open
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Live Online(About Formats)
7:00—8:50 pm (PT)
Jan 25—Mar 1
6 weeks
Refund Date
Jan 27
1 Unit
Tom Winterbottom
DOWNLOAD THE SYLLABUS » (subject to change)
Come and explore beautiful, enigmatic, and complex Brazil! In this course, we will focus on Afro-Brazilian culture and history in music, literature, and visual media. We’ll explore works by author Conceição Evaristo; study capoeira, candomblé, and quilombos; take a virtual visit to Salvador de Bahia and its carnaval; and listen to music by artists including Elza Soares, Luedji Luna, Emicida, and Jorge Ben Jor. Through lectures, group discussions, engaging material, and journal entries, this course will introduce you to and enrich your understanding of Latin America’s biggest country—a country where more than half of the population identifies with Black heritage. Despite being idealized as a "racial democracy" in the 20th century, it is often overlooked that more enslaved people from Africa were forced to Brazil than to any other country, that Brazil was the last country to abolish the practice of slavery in the Americas, in 1888, and that racism still deeply marks Brazilian society. As such, this course explores the origins, development, and centrality of Afro-Brazilian culture from an anti-racist perspective to paint a fuller picture of Brazil today.

Lecturer, Stanford Language Center and in the Department of Iberian and Latin American Cultures, Stanford

Tom Winterbottom teaches Spanish, Portuguese, and Latin American cultural studies with a focus on Brazil. He received a PhD from Stanford and has published a book on the cultural history of Rio de Janeiro and articles on contemporary Latin American culture.

Textbooks for this course:

There are no required textbooks; however, some fee-based online readings may be assigned.