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Fall 2013-2014
* SPA 351 / LAS 347 (LA)   na, npdf

Topics in the Culture of Cities - Spanish Urban Cultures - Rap, Graffiti and City Life

Germán Labrador Méndez

Graffiti and rap music have become main cultural phenomena in the last decades, expressing the desires, fears and demands of cities dwellers. This is also accomplished in the Luso-Hispanic world by blending hip-hop's global spirit with local cultural traditions. In Madrid, Buenos Aires, Rio and Caracas, urban cultures have expressed the transformations of cities in a globalized world, as well as the struggles of their populations to become agents in these processes instead of victims alone. Taking the Spanish case as its axis, this course analyzes Hispanic expansion of hip-hop cultures from artistic, historical, social and political angles.

Sample reading list:
Bansky, Exit Through the Gift Shop
Ice-T, Andy Baybutt, Something from Nothing: The Art of Rap
Pat a.k.a. Xclusif & Conflict Films, Spanish Players
Mario Rosales, El regreso de Lencho
Miguel Ángel Rolland, Aerosol
Santiago A. Zannou, El truco del manco

Reading/Writing assignments:
One to two film viewings and/or 30-50 pages of weekly reading; two eight-page papers; take-home final exam

Requirements/Grading:
Take Home Final Exam - 25%
Quizzes - 15%
Papers - 30%
Oral Presentation(s) - 15%
Class/Precept Participation - 15%

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
A 200-level SPA course or instructor's permission. Preferably, a second 200 or 300-level course..

Other information:
Above sample reading list is comprised of films which will be made available. Accompanying reading material will also be provided. Course taught in Spanish.

Reserved Seats:
Freshmen Only 2
Sophomores Only 5
Juniors Only 4

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
23425 C01 11:00 am - 12:20 pm T Th   Wallace Hall   004   Enrolled:12 Limit:17