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Fall 2017-2018
* COM 353 / LAS 352 (LA)   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

Contemporary Latin America in Literature and Visual Arts

Susana Draper

This course is an introduction to contemporary Latin American literature & visual arts with a transatlantic perspective. Placing special emphasis on the changing relationships between aesthetics & politics, it analyzes different genres & artistic styles that emerge with new forms of imagining the relations between culture & politics, from the 1960s to the present. Readings will include critical texts on minor literature's, transatlantic connections, new social movements as well as literature dealing with situationism, romance reportagem, indigenous movements, testimonio, zapatism, etc. Texts will be available in the original & translation.

Sample reading list:
Roberto Bolaño, The savage detectives
Zapatistas, Our word is our weapon
Julio Cortázar, Blow up & other stories
Rigoberta Menchú, I, Rigoberta Menchú
Luis Camnitzer, On art, artists, Latin America, and other utopias
Junot Díaz, The Brief Wonderous Life of Oscar Wao
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
Students will have a midterm take home exam and a final research paper.

Paper in Lieu of Mid Term - 30%
Paper in lieu of Final - 40%
Oral Presentation(s) - 15%
Class/Precept Participation - 15%

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
21760 C01 01:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm T   East Pyne Building   127   Enrolled:7 Limit:15