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Fall 2018-2019
* SPA 319 / LAS 354 (LA)   No Audit

Topics in Cinema and Culture - Latin American Film - Poetics and Politics of the Third World

Javier E. Guerrero

An exploration of a series of critically acclaimed contemporary Latin American films, accompanied by readings that provide a theoretical and historical framework for its analysis. Topics to be discussed, among others: subalternity and the Third World; sexual and racial politics; postcolonial poetics; genocide; cultural hybridism and mestizaje; dictatorship and populism; biopolitical fantasies.

Sample reading list:
Julio García Espinosa, Por un cine imperfecto
Glauber Rocha, La estética del hambre
Robert Stam, Del hibridismo a la estética de la basura
Alonso Ruizpalacios, Güeros
Lucía Puenzo, XXY
Paz Encina, Hamaca paraguaya

Reading/Writing assignments:
Watching two films weekly; 25 pages of weekly reading; one class presentation; two 2,500 word (minimum) papers on topic assigned by the instructor.

Paper in Lieu of Mid Term - 30%
Paper in lieu of Final - 40%
Papers - 10%
Oral Presentation(s) - 5%
Class/Precept Participation - 15%

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

Other information:
Course taught in Spanish.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
21651 L01 01:30:00 pm - 02:50:00 pm T   Green Hall   0-S-9   Enrolled:17 Limit:30
23606 P01 03:00:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm T   East Pyne Building   023   Enrolled:10 Limit:15
23634 P01A 03:00:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm T   East Pyne Building   043   Enrolled:7 Limit:15