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Fall 2017-2018
* SPA 350 / LAS 349 / ENV 351 (LA)   No Audit

Topics in Latin American Cultural Studies - Spectacles of Nature: Patagonia and the Tropics

Maria Gabriela Nouzeilles

What is nature? How is it perceived, modified, destroyed, and represented in history and culture? This course explores these questions in relation to the location of Latin American nature in modernity, through travelogues, literature, photography, and film. Focusing on legendary Patagonia and the Tropics, we'll examine the interplay between the two opposite images that have dominated modern perceptions of 'extreme' nature (and the peoples associated with it): the idea of nature as a monstrous being that has to be tamed for the sake of progress, and the idea of nature as the lost object of modern nostalgia and environmental ethos.

Sample reading list:
Crosby, Alfred, Ecological Imperialism (selection)
Carpentier, Alejo, Los pasos perdidos
Guerra, Ciro, El abrazo de la serpiente (film)
Salgado, Sebastiao, Genesis (photography)
Darwin, Charles, The Voyage of the Beagle (selections)
Chatwin, Bruce, In Patagonia
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
Approximately100 pages per week. One oral presentation, two 4-5 page papers in Spanish, one midterm take home written exercise in English; 10-page final paper in Spanish.

Requirements/Grading:
Paper in lieu of Final - 40%
Take Home Mid term Exam - 20%
Papers - 20%
Oral Presentation(s) - 10%
Class/Precept Participation - 10%

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
One or more 200 level SPA courses above 209 or instructor's permission..

Other information:
Course will be taught in Spanish.

Reserved Seats:
Sophomores Only 1

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
22133 L01 1:30 pm - 2:50 pm M   McCosh Hall   66   Enrolled:22 Limit:35
22134 P01 1:30 pm - 2:50 pm W   Aaron Burr Hall   213   Enrolled:13 Limit:20
22207 P01A 1:30 pm - 2:50 pm W   East Pyne Building   215   Enrolled:9 Limit:20