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Fall 2011-2012
* SPA 222 / LAS 222 / LAO 222 (LA)   na, npdf

Introduction to Latin American Cultures

Rachel L. Price

This course offers an introduction to modern Spanish 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, memory, and social and economic justice.

Sample reading list:
Jorge Luís Borges, Ficciones (excerpts)
Alejandro de la Fuente, Cocalero
José Donoso, El lugar sin limites
Clarice Lispector, Cuentos
José Martí, Crónicas (selections)
Néstor García Canclini, Consumidores y ciudadanos
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
50-80 pages of reading in Spanish per week; two 4-page papers and one 7-page paper; weekly postings to Blackboard.

Paper in Lieu of Mid Term - 40%
Paper in lieu of Final - 40%
Class/Precept Participation - 20%

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

Other information:
Course taught in Spanish.

Reserved Seats:
Freshmen Only 6

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
22607 C01 01:30:00 pm - 02:50:00 pm T Th   East Pyne Building   239   Enrolled:10 Limit:20