* SPA 350 / LAS 349 (LA)
Topics in Latin American Cultural Studies - 1968 Mexico - the Arts and Politics of Social Change
1968 was a year of turbulence and creative political innovation throughout the world. The eruption of powerful student movements and counter-cultures produced a rich stage for thinking about the relations between arts and politics in the elaboration of social change. Although we will read about the events of 1968 that occurred in other places like Paris and Prague, this course focuses on the arts and writings related to the events that took place in Mexico. Social change, political innovation, and creative thought are themes that we will explore through essays, literature, and film related to the events.
Sample reading list:
Octavio Paz, Posdata
Roberta Avendaño, Sobre la libertad y el encierro
Roberto Bolaño, Amuleto
Luis González de Alba, Los días y los años
Carlos Monsiváis, Días de guardar
Elena Poniatowska, La noche de Tlatelolco
See instructor for complete list
Readings average 100-150 pages per week.
Paper in Lieu of Mid Term - 20%
Paper in lieu of Final - 30%
Papers - 10%
Oral Presentation(s) - 20%
Class/Precept Participation - 20%
Prerequisites and Restrictions:
A 200-level Spanish course or instructor's permission. The course will be taught in Spanish..
Freshmen Only 1
Sophomores Only 2
Juniors Only 2
Seniors Only 4
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