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Introduction to Latin American Cultures
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
Alejandro González Iñárritu, Babel
Ingrid Betancourt, No hay silencio que no termine (excerpts)
Clarice Lispector, Cuentos
Salvador Novo, Crónicas (selections)
Reinaldo Arenas, Final de un cuento
See instructor for complete list
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..
Course taught in Spanish.
Freshmen Only 5
Sophomores Only 5
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