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Fall 2013-2014
* COM 238 / LAS 238 (LA)   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

Contemporary Latin American Literature

Susana Draper

This course is an introduction to the study of contemporary Latin American literature and visual arts with a transatlantic perspective. Placing special emphasis on the changing relationships between aesthetics and politics, the course will analyze different genres and artistic styles that emerge with new forms of imagining the political from the 1960s to the present. Readings will include critical texts on minor literatures, transatlantic connections, new social movements as well as literature dealing with situationism, romance reportagem, indigenous movements, testimonio, zapatism and contemporary global mobilizations.

Sample reading list:
Roberto Bolaño, Amulet
Zapatistas, Our word is our weapon
Rigoberta Menchú, I, Rigoberta Menchú
Andrea Giunta, Avant-garde, Internationalism, and Politics
Luis Camnitzer, On Art, artists, Latin America, and other utopias
Cortázar, Blow up & other stories

Reading/Writing assignments:
50-80 pages of reading per week. Midterm and Final paper (in English or Spanish).

Paper in Lieu of Mid Term - 25%
Paper in lieu of Final - 25%
Papers - 15%
Oral Presentation(s) - 20%
Class/Precept Participation - 15%

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
21939 S01 01:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm T   McCosh Hall   B12   Enrolled:12 Limit:15