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Fall 2013-2014
* COM 378 / LAS 378 (LA)  

Intellectuals and the State: Writing in Latin American Culture

Susana Draper

Introduces the study of Latin American culture from the Colonial period to the present, with emphasis on the 20th century. Through works of literature, essays, and visual arts, we will analyze the changing relations between intellectuals and the state by means of key historical moments (nation-state, revolutions, dictatorships, globalization). Approaches the changing roles of intellectuals in Latin American history by introducing different critical concepts that have been used to critically pose the dynamics of culture and power (e.g., lettered city, transculturation, local and border thinking, and Latin American critical regionalism).

Sample reading list:
Angel Rama, The Lettered City
Fernando Vallejo, Our Lady of the Assassins
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
Students will have a midterm take home exam and a final research paper. Average number of pages reading per week: 150.

Requirements/Grading:
Paper in lieu of Final - 35%
Take Home Mid term Exam - 25%
Oral Presentation(s) - 20%
Class/Precept Participation - 20%

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
22884 S01 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm W   East Pyne Building   233   Enrolled:4 Limit:20