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Spring 2015-2016
ART 466 / SPA 466 / ARC 466 / URB 466 (LA)   No Audit

Havana: Architecture, Literature, and the Arts

Esther Roseli da Costa Azevedo Meyer
Michael G. Wood


This seminar will study the urban setting of Havana in its articulation with literature, film, and the arts from the early twentieth century to the present day. It will explore cross-disciplinary continuities, the engagement with multiple pasts, the city as a meeting place for all the arts and crucible of social identities. There will be a mandatory trip to Havana during Spring break.

Sample reading list:
Riobó, Carlos, ed., Cuban Intersections of Literary and Urban Spaces
Hyde, Timothy, Constitutional Modernism
Birkenmaier, Anke and Esther Whitfield, eds., Havana Beyond the Ruins: Cultural Mappings After 1989
Carpentier, Alejo, The Chase
Cabrera Infante, Guillermo, Three Trapped Tigers
Padura, Leonardo, Havana Fever

Reading/Writing assignments:
80-100 pages a week. Active participation in class. One oral presentation at the end, and a final paper due on dean's date.

Oral Presentation(s) - 30%
Term Paper(s) - 40%
Class/Precept Participation - 30%

Other Requirements:
International Travel Required
Open to Juniors and Seniors Only.

Other information:
Basic transportation, lodging and program costs for the required break trip will be covered. Students pursuing a Certificate in Spanish will be required to submit all written work in Spanish. For department majors, satisfies Group 3 distribution requirement.To fill out the application for this course go to the Department of Art and Archaeology website:

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
43578 S01 01:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm M   McCormick Hall   362   Enrolled:16 Limit:15 Closed