Dangerous Plots: Fictions of the Latin American Jungle|
Fall 2021 not offered
This course is an exploration of the ways in which nature has been plotted in fiction, films, and popular culture, focusing on the tropical jungle, a space that has been central to the way Latin America has been imagined for centuries. We will investigate the construction of jungle as a cultural space where diverse anxieties about sovereignty, nationhood, race, development, gender, and subversion collide. We will evaluate this topography in relation to diverse projects of modernization and development, to the global angst over the environment and its destruction, to peasant and indigenous agency, and to a number of cultural and economic struggles that have shaped the region over the past century. Attention will be placed on literary, filmic, and visual texts.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (HISP)(LAST)(RMST)
Literary texts by Horacio Quiroga, José Eustasio Rivera, Mario Vargas Llosa , Joao Guimaraes Rosa, Milton Hatoum, Ana Varela Tafur, etc.
Films: Fitzcarraldo (Herzog, 1982) , Burden of Dreams (Blank, 1982), La muralla verde (Robles Godoy, 1970) Iracema, uma transa amazonica (Bodanzky, 1976) , The Emerald Forest, (Boorman, 1985) , El vuelco del cangrejo, (Ruiz Navia, 2009), Antes o tempo não acabava (Baldo/Andrade, 2017), Los silencios (Seigner, 2018), El abrazo de la serpiente (Guerra, 2016).
Visual art by Abel Rodríguez, Miguel Angel Rojas, Miller Lagos, Alberto Baraya and other South American artists.
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Two peer reviewed papers and one take-home final exam. Weekly participation in online forum required.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
This course is intended for students who have completed Spanish 221 or the equivalent with a grade of B- or better. Advanced-level competence in Spanish is essential. Students who have not taken SPAN 221 should consult with the professor before pre-registering.
Reading, writing and discussion are the best ways for adult learners to improve their spoken Spanish. You will therefore improve all of your language skills in this course.
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