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Fall 2013-2014
SPA 401 / LAS 428 (LA)   na, npdf

Topics in Hispanic Culture (Europe and America) - Revolution, Mourning, and Literature in 20th Century Latin America

Rafael Elías Rojas Gutiérrez

Twentieth-century Latin American history is shaped by the collective experience of various revolutionary and social movements. From the Mexican to the Cuban revolution and the populist Peronism and Varguismo, to the belligerent promises of "Chavismo", the cultural history of the region cannot be understood apart from the pitfalls of revolutionary nationalism. This course studies the processes of mourning unleashed by the shortcomings or failures of those revolutionary processes through music, literature, cinema, music, as well as comics and graphic art.

Sample reading list:
Claudio Lomnitz, Idea de la muerte en México
Martín Luis Guzmán, Muertes históricas
Mario Vargas Llosa, La fiesta del chivo
Tomás Eloy Martínez, Santa Evita
Severo Sarduy, Gestos
Jon Lee Anderson, Che Guevara

Reading/Writing assignments:
Approximately 100-150 pages reading per week. One midterm paper (7-8 pages), one to two oral presentations, one final paper (15 pages).

Requirements/Grading:
Paper in Lieu of Mid Term - 30%
Paper in lieu of Final - 40%
Oral Presentation(s) - 30%

Other Requirements:
Open to Juniors, Seniors, and Graduate Students Only.

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
At least one of the following strongly recommended: Spanish 222, 224, 227, 307.

Other information:
Taught in Spanish

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
21011 S01 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm M   East Pyne Building   043   Enrolled:12 Limit:15