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Fall 2018-2019
* SPA 222 / LAS 222 / LAO 222 (LA)   na, npdf

Introduction to Latin American Cultures

Javier E. Guerrero

This course offers an introduction to modern Latin American literature and culture. It focuses on the complex ways in which cultural and intellectual production anticipates, participates in, and responds to political, social, and economic transformations in the 20th and 21st centuries. Through a wide spectrum of sources (essays, fiction, poetry, film, and art), students will study and discuss some of the most relevant issues in Latin American modern history, such as modernity, democracy, identity, gender, memory, and social justice.

Sample reading list:
Felisberto Hernández, Nadie encendía las lámparas
Marta Traba, La cultura de la resistencia
Ingrid Betancourt, No hay silencio que no termine (excerpts)
Mariana Rondón, Pelo malo
Oscar Martínez, Los migrantes que no importan
Reinaldo Arenas, Final de un cuento

Reading/Writing assignments:
20-50 pages of reading in Spanish per week; three 2-page papers, take-home midterm exam and take-home final exam.

Requirements/Grading:
Take Home Mid term Exam - 25%
Take Home Final Exam - 30%
Papers - 25%
Class/Precept Participation - 20%

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
SPA 207 or higher, or instructor's permission.

Other information:
Course taught in Spanish. For LAO credit, students must write about the U.S. Latino population.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
23241 C01 03:00:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm M W   East Pyne Building   235   Enrolled:8 Limit:15