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Spring 2012-2013
* LAS 324 / SPA 368 (LA)   na, npdf

Narcocultura: Literature, Theater, Cinema and Music in Latin America, 1990-2012

Jorge L. Volpi Escalante

This course examines literature, music and film from Latin America. It will mainly focus on the recent drug wars that have isolated Latin America as well as the construction of the so called Narcoculture, with special interest in Colombia and Mexico. The course will pay special attention to the political imagination that constructs a new idea of Latin America based on the proliferation of violence and drugs, and the inability of Latin American governments to control the social issues caused by these wars. The course will explore books, TV series, and films.

Sample reading list:
Fernando Vallejo, La virgen de los sicarios
Élmer Mendoza, Un asesino solitario
Yuri Herrera, Trabajos del reino
Pedro Ángel Palou, Muertos que no hacen ruido
Jorge Franco, Rosario Tijeras
Laura Restrepo, Leopardo al sol
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
The readings assigned for this course seek to show different ways in which drug-culture has influenced the work of several generations of fiction writers, filmmakers and artists in Latin America in the 20th and 21st Centuries. The students are expected to read an average of 120 pages per week and write two essays (5-10 pages), an oral presentation and a final paper (15-20 pages).

Paper in lieu of Final - 30%
Papers - 50%
Oral Presentation(s) - 10%
Class/Precept Participation - 10%

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
A 200-level Spanish course or equivalent. Students must be able to understand, read and write in Spanish. The course will be conducted in Spanish but the final may be written in either Spanish or English..

Other information:
Visiting Professor Jorge Volpi is a literary critic and renowned Mexican writer.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
43129 S01 01:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm T   Aaron Burr Hall   209   Enrolled:20 Limit:25