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Fall 2017-2018
* SPA 329 / LAS 389 / LAO 389 (LA)   na, npdf

Poisonous Flowers: Radical Women in Latin America

Javier E. Guerrero


The starting point is the art show Radical Women: Latin American Art (Los Angeles, 2017). The exhibition reevaluates the contribution of Latin American, Latina, and Chicana women to contemporary art. "Poisonous Flowers" examines the productions of outstanding Latin American female whose work has challenged our understanding of politics and the arts and had significant impact on lives and histories in the region.

Sample reading list:
Violeta Parra, Volver a los diecisiete
Eva Perón, La razón de mi vida
María Evelia Marmolejo, 11 de marzo
Liliana Felipe, Matar o no matar
Lydia Cabrera, Cuentos negros de Cuba
Cherrie Moraga, Loving in the War Years: lo que nunca pasó por sus labios

Reading/Writing assignments:
50-80 pages of reading in Spanish or English per week; take-home midterm exam; two 6-page papers and one 12-page paper.

Paper in lieu of Final - 35%
Take Home Mid term Exam - 20%
Design Project - 5%
Papers - 15%
Oral Presentation(s) - 15%
Class/Precept Participation - 10%

Other Requirements:
United States Travel Required

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
At least one Spanish course above SPA 207 or SPA 209, AP5 or instructor's permission. For LAO credit, students must write a paper related to Latino Studies, or at least comparative between U.S. and Latin America..

Other information:
Mandatory trip to the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles during fall break week. Trip will be sponsored by a grant from the David A. Gardner '69 Magic Project in the Humanities Council. Please email Prof. Javier Guerrero ( for an interview.

Reserved Seats:
Freshmen Only 4
Sophomores Only 4
Juniors Only 2
Seniors Only 2

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
22236 S01 01:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm Th   East Pyne Building   205   Enrolled:8 Limit:12