ASSIGNMENT: “When I look back on my life at the age of ninety in the year 1920…” Create a fictional Latin American woman born somewhere in Latin America in 1830.
Write an essay about her life that covers the four central themes important in shaping the lives of women in Latin America listed in our course description. What was her race/ethnicity, class, and residence (rural-urban), and how did each of these—in addition to her gender—make her life different from or similar to that of other people within her society? How did politics (national and international) impact this woman’s life? How did economic structures and labor systems impact her life? How did gender ideologies and kinship structures shape her life.
BASICS: § You may write either in the first person or the third person. § You must provide evidence in the form of footnotes to provide support for each of your assertions about what this woman’s life might have been like. It is not necessary to include quotations. § You must use at least two of the assigned readings we have examined in class for this essay. You may not use outside sources.
STEPS TO FOLLOW: 1) Assemble evidence: Decide on your character’s geographic setting (What country? What region? Urban or rural? Same over the course of her life, or different?) and social origin (Race/ethnicity? Rich, poor, middle class?). Make sure to choose a place and social sector about which you can gather sufficient information from the assigned readings.
What are the most important claims you will make about how national and international politics impacted the lives of women like your character? What are the most important ideologies and household dynamics within her community? How did these political, economic, and gender/household patterns change ideologies and household dynamics within her community? How did these political, economic, and gender/household patterns change.