“At the risk of seeming ridiculous,
Guevara, Ernesto Che. The Awakening of Latin America: A classic anthology of Che Guevara’s writings on Latin America. Melbourne, Vic: Ocean Press, 2013. ISBN: 978-0-9804292-8-2
________. The Motorcycle Diaries: Notes On A Latin American Journey. Melbourne: Ocean Press, 2004. ISBN: 978-1-920888-10-7
________. Diary of a Combatant: From the Sierra Maestra to Santa Clara (Cuba: 1956-58). Melbourne, Vic: Ocean Press, 2012. ISBN: 978-0-9870779-4-3
________. Congo Diary: Episodes of the Revolutionary War in the Congo. Melbourne, Vic: Ocean Press, 2011. ISBN: 978-0-9804292-9-9
________. The Bolivian Diary. Melbourne, Vic: Ocean, 2006. ISBN: 978-1-920888-24-4
Assignments and grades
Film presentations (100 pts): Each student will present and lead the discussion of one feature film or documentary that we watch in class. An introduction should help set up the historical context for what we will watch, and the discussion should focus on the relative merits of the film including its ability to present and interpret historical events. Preview the film in advance, and write up a list of discussion questions or themes for the class. Consider questions such as these in preparing for your presentation:
Please Note: It is your responsibility to pick up the film from Pickler library and bring it to class for viewing. In order to be sure that the film is not checked out when we need it in class, it is a good idea to put a hold on the film for a day or two before we watch it.
Response papers (100 pts each): For every book we read and the accompanying film we watch, critique how they present this part of the story of Che’s life with a particular focus on the issue of the relative strengths of different media to communicate and analyze historical events. The essays should be about three pages long, typed, double spaced, follow good essay form (have an intro, thesis, conclusion, etc.) and include citations, a bibliography, and page numbers.
Book report and presentation (200 pts): Select one book about Che Guevara from the following bibliograpy. Have me approve your selection, and then write an essay critiquing its argument. The essays should be about three pages long, typed, double spaced, follow good essay form (have an intro, thesis, conclusion, etc.) and include citations, a bibliography, and page numbers. On April 16, we will discuss your findings in class.
Final project (200 pts). As a class, make a film about Che’s views on gender. This will include conducting research on the topic, writing a script, designing costumes, filming the story, and finally editing the film (100 pts for your individual contributions, 100 pts for the project as a whole).
Wk1 (Jan 15) Introduction
Wk2 (Jan 22) Revolutionary theories
Wk3 (Jan 29) Motorcycle Diaries
Wk4 (Feb 5) Motorcycle Diaries
Wk5 (Feb 12) Cuba
Wk6 (Feb 19) Cuba
Wk7 (Feb 26) Africa
Wk8 (March 5) Africa
Wk9 (March 19) Bolivia
Wk10 (March 26) Bolivia (documentary)
Wk11 (April 2) Bolivia
Wk12 (April 9) Film production
Wk13 (April 16) Book report presentations
Wk14 (April 23) Film production
Wk15 (April 30) Film production
May 7: Film premiere
Bibliography (works marked with a * are key works)
* Anderson, Jon Lee. Che Guevara: A Revolutionary Life. New York: Grove Press, 1997.
Beckovic, Matija, Dusan Radovic, and Matija Beckovic. Che: a permanent tragedy. New York: Harcourt, Brace, Jovanovich, 1970.
Besancenot, Olivier and Michael Löwy. Che Guevara: His revolutionary legacy. New York: Monthly Review Press, 2009.
Cabrera Alvarez, Guillermo and Jonathan L Fried. Memories of Che. Secaucus, N.J: L. Stuart Inc, 1987.
Casey, Michael. Che's Afterlife: The legacy of an image. New York: Vintage Books, 2009.
* Castañeda, Jorge G. Compañero: The Life and Death of Che Guevara. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1997.
Castro, Fidel and David Deutschmann. Che: A memoir. Melbourne. New York, NY: Ocean, 1994.
Debray, Regis. Che's guerrilla war. Harmondsworth. Baltimore [etc.]: Penguin, 1975.
________. Revolution in the revolution? Armed struggle and political struggle in Latin America. New York: MR Press, 1967.
* Dosal, Paul J. Comandante: Che guerrilla soldier, commander, and strategist, 1956-1967. University Park, Pa: Pennsylvania State University Press, 2003.
Drinot, Paulo, ed. Che's Travels: The making of a revolutionary in 1950s Latin America. Durham: Duke University Press, 2010.
Ebon, Martin. Che: The Making of a Legend. New York: Signet Books, 1969.
* Estrada, Ulises. Tania: Undercover with Che Guevara in Bolivia. Melbourne, Vic, London: Ocean, 2005.
* Gadea, Hilda. My Life with Che: The making of a revolutionary, Fully rev. and updated ed. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2008.
González, Luis J and Gustavo A. Sánchez Salazar. The great rebel; Che Guevara in Bolivia. New York: Grove Press, 1969.
Granado, Alberto. Traveling with Che Guevara: The making of a revolutionary. New York: Newmarket Press, 2004.
Harris, Richard L. Che Guevara a biography. Greenwood biographies. Santa Barbara, Calif: Greenwood, 2011.
Harris, Richard L. Death of a Revolutionary: Che Guevara's Last Mission. New York: Collier Books, 1971.
Jacobson, Sid, and Ernie Colón. Che: a graphic biography. New York: Hill and Wang, 2009.
James, Daniel. Ché Guevara: A Biography. New York: Stein and Day, 1969.
Löwy, Michael. The Marxism of Che Guevara philosophy, economics, revolutionary warfare, 2d ed. Critical currents in Latin American perspective. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield, 2007.
* March, Aleida. Remembering Che: My Life With Che Guevara. Melbourne, Vic: Ocean Press, 2012.
McLaren, Peter. Che Guevara, Paulo Freire, and the Pedagogy of Revolution. Culture and education series. Lanham, Md: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2000.
Piñeiro Losada, Manuel and Luis Suárez Salazar. Che Guevara and the Latin American Revolutionary Movements. Melbourne, New York, Chicago IL, USA: Ocean Press, 2001.
Pombo. Pombo: a man of Che's guerrilla: with Che Guevara in Bolivia. New York: Pathfinder, 1997.
Prado Salmón, Gary. The Defeat of Che Guevara: Military Response to Guerrilla Challenge in Bolivia. New York: Praeger, 1990.
Randall, Margaret. Che on my mind. Durham: Duke University Press, 2013.
Ratner, Michael and Michael Steven Smith. Che Guevara and the FBI the U.S. political police dossier on the Latin American revolutionary. Brooklyn, NY: Ocean Press, 1997.
Ratner, Michael, and Michael Steven Smith. Who Killed Che? How the CIA Got Away With Murder. OR Books, 2011.
Rodriguez, Felix I and John Weisman. Shadow warrior. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1989.
Rojo, Ricardo. My friend Che. New York: Grove Press, 1968.
Ryan, Henry Butterfield. The fall of Che Guevara: a story of soldiers, spies, and diplomats. New York: Oxford University Press, 1998.
Sandison, David. Che Guevara. New York: St. Martin's Griffin, 1997.
Sauvage, Leo. Che Guevara; the failure of a revolutionary. Englewood Cliffs, N.J: Prentice-Hall, 1973.
Sinay, Sergio. Che for Beginners. New York: Writers and Readers Publishing, Inc., 1997.
Sinclair, Andrew. Che Guevara. Modern Masters. New York: The Viking Press, 1970.
Spain, Rodriguez and Paul Buhle. Che: a graphic biography. London, New York: Verso, 2008.
Symmes, Patrick. Chasing Che: A motorcycle journey in search of the Guevara legend. New York: Vintage Books, 2000.
Tablada Perez, Carlos. Che Guevara, economics and politics in the transition to socialism. Sydney, Australia. New York, NY, USA: Pathfinder, 1989.
* Taibo, Paco Ignacio. Guevara, Also Known as Che. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1997.
Waters, Mary-Alice. Che Guevara and the fight for socialism today: Cuba confronts the world crisis of the '90s. New York, NY, U.S.A: Pathfinder, 1992.
Yaffé, Helen. 'Che' Guevara: The economics of revolution. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009.
Ziff, Trisha, Victoria and Albert Museum, and California Museum of Photography. Che Guevara, revolutionary & icon. New York: Abrams Image, 2006.