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Fall 2013-2014
SPA 551   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

Body Cultures: Exhibitionism and Materiality in Latin America

Javier E. Guerrero

Can the body disobey the limits imposed by the materiality of sex? Is it possible to disorganize the binary opposition without reinforcing its normativity? Can gender have a decisive bearing on bodily materiality? My seminar answers these questions, exploring the work of Latin American artists who aim to defy the norms imposed by the heterosexual imperative. Their own bodies generate a response, which arises from their compulsive need to call attention to their materiality. I propose that the possibility of a new body depends on its visuality and visibility to enable the deactivation of the culture's preferred categories.

Sample reading list:
Reinaldo Arenas, El color del verano
Anahí Berneri, Un año sin amor
Diamela Eltit, Jamás el fuego nunca
Salvador Novo, La estatua de sal
Armando Reverón, Las muñecas
Fernando Vallejo, La Rambla paralela
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Other Requirements:
Open to Graduate Students Only.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
21616 S01 05:00:00 pm - 07:50:00 pm M   East Pyne Building   339   Enrolled:4 Limit:20