Fall 2009 not offered
The Cuban Revolution symbolizes a moment of tremendous political, social, and cultural transformation in Latin America. Out of this political upheaval arose a cultural renovation that resulted in various forms of artistic experimentation as well as different narratives about the revolution. We will focus on several practices and discourses (literature, literary and cultural criticism, film and art) that were central to the debates fostered during this period. We will read some Latin American writers who wrote about the concept of revolution, as well as authors who wrote about the Cuban Revolution.
Intercultural Literacy, Interpretation
We will interpret how this major historical event affected cultural production not only in Cuba but also on the Latin American continent and will analyze different practices and discourses that contributed to the "writing" of the revolution.
Intercultural literacy will be essential to understand the different processes occurring during this time as it involved Cuba in the context of the Cold War.
|Gen Ed Area Dept:
|Course Format: Discussion
|Grading Mode: Graded
|Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (LAST)(RMST)
Miguel Barnet, Cimarrón: Historia de un esclavo
Heberto Padilla, Fuera del juego
Zoe Valdés, La nada cotidiana
Fidel Castro, Palabras a los intelectuales
Nancy Morejón (selection of poems)
Nicolás Guillén, (selection of poems)
|Examinations and Assignments:
3 short papers (3-5 pages)
Final paper (8-10 pages)
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments:
Oral participation is essential. Each student is expected to demonstrate that he/she has read and understood the assigned readings for every class. To this end, students will be required to send two discussion questions about the readings to the professor before each class. Students will also be expected to lead one class discussion. Preparation for leading class discussions will be done in advance with the professor. Attendance is mandatory.
SPAN 279 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 preregistering. Readings, written assignments, and class discussion will be in Spanish. Only COL students may take this course CR/U.
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