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Spring 2011-2012
* SPA 351 / LAS 347 (LA)   na, npdf

Topics in the Culture of Cities - Buenos Aires, Havana, Mexico City

Rubén Gallo

This course will focus on the influence of modernism (and its architectural, artistic, and literary versions) on three Latin American cities during the 1950s: Buenos Aires, Havana, and Mexico City. We will examine the history of such large-scale transformations by reading texts on urban planning by Le Corbusier and his Latin American disciples, as well as criticism of the modernist city by its numerous detractors, like Marshall Berman and Jane Jacobs. We will consider the debates about the modernist legacy in Latin America as we read novels and watch films representing these three cities during the 1950's.

Sample reading list:
Julio Cortazar, Hopscotch
Carlos Fuentes, Where the Air is Clear
Guillermo Cabrera Infante, Three Trapped Tigers
Jane Jacobs, The Death and Life of Great American Cities
Le Corbusier, Radiant City

Reading/Writing assignments:
Two 6-page papers, and one final (12-15 page) essay. Readings average 100 pages per week.

Requirements/Grading:
Mid Term Exam - 30%
Paper in lieu of Final - 20%
Papers - 30%
Oral Presentation(s) - 10%
Class/Precept Participation - 10%

Other information:
Course conducted in Spanish. If course is closed, please email gallo@princeton.edu to be placed on a waiting list.

Reserved Seats:
Sophomores Only 5
Juniors Only 4
Seniors Only 4

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
43181 L01 1:30 pm - 2:50 pm W   Chancellor Green   105   Enrolled:17 Limit:24
P01 1:30 pm - 2:50 pm M   East Pyne Building   235   Enrolled:0 Limit:15
P01A 7:30 pm - 8:50 pm W   East Pyne Building   235   Enrolled:0 Limit:15