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The Uses of the Past: Literature and History in Latin America
SPAN 270
Spring 2010
Section: 01  
Crosslisting: LAST 260

This course aims to examine literary representations of major Latin American political and social events. By focusing on watershed developments such as the Wars of Independence, the Mexican Revolution, and the establishment of dictatorial regimes from 1930s on, we will analyze the ways in which these key events have informed a series of 20th-century texts. We will also study the role played by fiction in recreating, counteracting, and questioning official historical narrations. By doing so, this class will explore the complex interactions between language and reality, the place of fiction in the construction of truth, and the symbolic strategies developed by canonical intellectuals to resist self-legitimating historical discourses and present alternative versions of the past.

Essential Capabilities: Intercultural Literacy, Interpretation
Our goal is to INTERPRET literature as an institution devoted to endorsing, challenging or reconfiguring cultural practices that impact the community. Students are taught how to negotiate INTERCULTURAL boundaries by contrasting, integrating, appropriating and deconstructing literary interventions in their historical contexts. STUDENTS CANNOT TAKE THIS COURSE CR/U.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: HA RLAN
Course Format: Lecture / DiscussionGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (LAST)(RMST)
Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available

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