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Fall 2011-2012
SPA 548 / FRE 548 / COM 574   na, npdf

Seminar in Modern Spanish-American Literature - Proust's Latin Americans and Theories of Cosmopolitism

Rubén Gallo

This seminar will examine three Latin Americans who were close to Proust and who influenced the theories about cultural identity in A la Recherche: Reynaldo Hahn, a Venezuelan Jew, was Proust's first and only boyfriend and one of the most important composers of his time; Gabriel Yturri, an Argentinean, was the lover of Robert de Montesquiou, and one of the models for Morel; José María de Heredia, a Cuban, was the first Latin American to enter the Académie Française and one of the most important French poets of the 19th Century.

Sample reading list:
Kwame Anthony Appiah, Cosmopolitanism
Julis Kristeva, Strangers to Ourselves
Sigmund Freud, The Rome Neurosis
Marcel Proust, In Search of Lost Time
Reynaldo Hahn, Ciboulette
José María de Heredia, The Trophies
See instructor for complete list

Other Requirements:
Open to Graduate Students Only.

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
Reading knowledge of Spanish or French.

Other information:
To understand the experience of these three Parisian Latin-Americans, we will study various theories of a love-based cosmopolitanism. Past decades have seen much interest on traumatic experiences of displacement -exile, diaspora, post-colonial power imbalances; this course will theorize a new experience of traveling across geographical areas, a love-based adoption of a new culture. A cosmopolitanism based on the choice of a different culture and a new language.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
21497 S01 04:30:00 pm - 07:20:00 pm T   East Pyne Building   339   Enrolled:4 Limit:20