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Fall 2012-2013
SPA 350 / LAS 349 (LA)   na, npdf

Topics in Latin American Cultural Studies - Contemporary Cuban Literature and Visual Culture

Rachel L. Price

In this course we will read literature and essays, examine artwork, performances and blogs, and watch films produced in Cuba or the diaspora from the 1990s through the present. Themes include the economic crisis, publishing and new media, post-cubanidad, the Raul Castro era, and others. Authors, filmmakers and artists include: Antón Arrufat, Tania Bruguera, Los Carpinteros, Víctor Fowler, Abilio Estévez, Carlos Garaicoa, Pedro Juan Gutiérrez, Fernandez Pérez, Leonardo Padura Fuentes, Ena Lucía Portela, Antonio José Ponte, Reina María Rodríguez, Juan Carlos Tabío, Anna Lidia Vega Serova, Zoé Valdés.

Sample reading list:
Leonardo Padura Fuentes, Máscaras
Ena Lucía Portela, 100 botellas en una pared
Antonio José Ponte, Contrabando de sombras
Pedro Juan Gutierrez, El rey de la Habana
Fernando Pérez, Suite Habana
Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo, Boring home
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
One film, video, blog or artwork slideshow per week; about 100 pages reading per week, one midterm paper, one final paper, biweekly Blackboard postings.

Paper in Lieu of Mid Term - 25%
Paper in lieu of Final - 30%
Oral Presentation(s) - 10%
Class/Precept Participation - 25%
Other (See Instructor) - 10%

Other Requirements:
Not Open to Freshmen.

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
A 200-level SPA course or instructor's permission..

Other information:
Course will be taught in Spanish.

Reserved Seats:
Sophomores Only 2
Juniors Only 2

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
20782 S01 03:00:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm M W   East Pyne Building   027   Enrolled:12 Limit:20