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Spring 2011-2012
* POR 405 / SPA 405 / LAS 415 (LA)  

Latin American Essays

Pedro Meira Monteiro

This seminar will focus on how intellectuals phantasize the uniqueness of Brazil and Latin America, and how they conceive the differences between "Iberoamerica" and the United States. The centuries-old Shakespearean geography in The Tempest will be studied, in order to situate, in the imagination of those intellectuals, Ariel, Caliban, and Prospero. The goal of this seminar is to understand how the North-American mirror works in shaping an alluring Latin American (Brazilian and Spanish American) "difference" that can be at once enchanting and deceptive.

Sample reading list:
Gilberto Freyre, Casa-grande & Senzala
José Enrique Rodó, Ariel
Richard Morse, O Espelho de Próspero
Silviano Santiago, As Raízes e o Labirinto da América Latina
Arcadio Díaz-Quiñones, Sobre los Principios
Chantal Zabus, Tempests After Shakespeare

Reading/Writing assignments:
Readings will be in Portuguese (mainly), Spanish and English. An average of 100 pages per week. Classes will be composed by a first section in which the main texts will be analyzed, and a second section in which we will entertain a discussion based on questions prepared by students. A midterm short paper and a final take-home exam. Papers can be written in English, Spanish or Portuguese.

Requirements/Grading:
Paper in Lieu of Mid Term - 30%
Take Home Final Exam - 40%
Oral Presentation(s) - 20%
Class/Precept Participation - 10%

Other information:
Graduate students can choose to substitute the midterm and the final take-home exam with a final paper.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
43240 C01 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm F   East Pyne Building   339   Enrolled:13 Limit:15