Women and Revolution: Denunciation, Utopia, and Disenchantment in Central America|
Spring 2011 not offered
In this course we will study works by some of the most prominent female voices from Central America: Gioconda Belli, Rigoberta Menchú, Claribel Alegría, Ana Guadalupe Martínez, and Jacinta Escudos. We will examine the central role that these women played in the Central American struggles of liberation, civil war, and revolution. Whether they served as the spokesperson for an oppressed minority as was the case of Menchú in her native Guatemala, participated in the armed Sandinista Revolution like Belli, or wrote to express the disenchantment after the civil war like Escudos, these women present an important, often silenced, voice in the utopian revolutionary projects that gripped the attention of the world during the 1970s and '80s. We will put the work of these women in dialogue with other female thinkers who were involved in different revolutionary projects such as Rosa Luxemburg, Simone de Beauvoir, and Angela Davis.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (LAST)
Claribel Alegría and D.J.Flakoll, No me agarran viva. La mujer salvadoreña en lucha.
Ana Guadalupe Martínez, Las cárceles clandestinas.
Rigoberta Menchú, Me llamo Rigoberta Menchú y así me nació la conciencia.
Gioconda Belli, La mujer habitada.
---. El país bajo mi piel. Memoria de amor y de guerra.
Jacinta Escudos, Cuentos sucios.
---. El desencanto.
|Examinations and Assignments: |
3 short papers (3-4 pgs.); one final paper (6-8 pgs.)
Regular attendance, preparation and active participation in classroom discussions will constitute an essential basis for evaluation. Students will also be expected to lead one class discussion. Preparation for leading class discussions will be done with the professor and the student will be required to submit discussion questions in advance.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
SPAN276 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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