The Idea of Latin America|
Spring 2015 not offered
Since the end of the 19th century, writers and artists involved in the dissemination of revolutionary discourses of political and symbolic identity have reflected upon the possibility of representing Latin America as a single cultural entity. The emergence of some of the most enduring images of the region is indeed intertwined with the outbreak of political conflicts that transformed the continent's history (the Spanish-American War, the Mexican Revolution, the Cuban Revolution), as well as with the activity of numerous intellectuals who played leading roles in the public arena as cultural and social organizers. This course will analyze popular images of Latin America with the purpose of understanding their historical and ideological meaning; it will also explore how these images were circulated and appropriated in different political and cultural circumstances to convey alternative ideological tenets. In particular, we will discuss how some intellectuals have used them to endorse or challenge official projects of political reform, community change, and cultural agency. In assessing these issues, we will raise questions of hegemony-building and cultural resistance, ideological legitimization, and social control in Latin America.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (LAST)(RMST)
Cristóbal Colón, Diario
Bartolomé de las Casas, Brevísima relación
José Martí, Escritos selectos
Pablo Neruda, Alturas de Macchu Picchu
Alejo Carpentier, Los pasos perdidos
Walter Mignolo, The Idea of Latin America
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Two short papers, one oral presentation, one final research paper.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
This class is intended for students who have completed at least SPAN 221 or the equivalent with a B or better. Students who have not done so should consult with the professor before pre-registering. Readings, written assignments, and class discussion will be in Spanish. Only COL students may take this course CR/U.
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