* POR 306 / LAS 360 / ARC 307 / SPA 360 (LA) Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit
Urban Modernism and Its Discontents
This interdisciplinary course explores some of the tensions between modernization projects and cultural production during the late 19th and 20th centuries, examining representations of the city in literature (poetry and prose), maps, film, painting, photography, and music. We will focus on the cultures and histories of major cities in the Spanish and Portuguese-speaking worlds. Topics include Rio de Janeiro's favelas and the potential consequences of the 2016 Olympics; the architectural history of Brazil's modernist capital; Mexico City's explosion into a megalopolis.
Sample reading list:
Jean-François Lejeune (Ed.), Cruelty & Utopia: Cities & Landscapes of Latin America
Le Corbusier, Radiant City
Jane Jacobs, The Death and Life of Great American Cities
Fernando Pessoa, Selected Poems
Ruben Gallo (ed.), The Mexico City Reader
Oscar Niemeyer, The Curves of Time
Readings from sources in Portuguese or Spanish will be in English translation. Two short papers, one final research paper, and one oral presentation will be required.
Papers - 25%
Oral Presentation(s) - 15%
Term Paper(s) - 35%
Class/Precept Participation - 25%
The class will be conducted entirely in English. If a student is pursuing a POR or a SPA certificate, however, written work is to be completed in the target language. To receive credit for a PLAS certificate, the final paper must be written on a Latin American city and a copy must be submitted to PLAS. The class also awards credit for the Urban Studies certificate.
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