Body Fictions: Latin American Visual Culture and the Twentieth Century|
The French philosopher Jean-Luc Nancy maintains that we do not have bodies, we ARE bodies. The subject is mere exteriority, infinite exposition: the body emptying itself outward. This exteriority, however, regularly metaphorizes itself, submerging within and taking on allegories; at other times it manages to call attention to itself as matter. This seminar explores the diverse representations of the body in Latin America from a visual culture perspective. To this end, it proposes an exploration of different bodies in direct relationship to their matter, races and sexualities. The seminar makes visible both canonical and marginalized bodies through visual representations (films, performances, photographs, exhibitions) and literary texts.
Students will have the opportunity to explore their ability to understand, evaluate, and contextualize meaningful forms, including visual and written texts, films, objects, exhibitions, practices, performances, and sites. They will also develop the ability to understand diverse cultural formations in relation to their wider historical and social contexts and environments.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (LAST)(RMST)
||Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Bemberg, María Luisa. DE ESO NO SE HABLA
Gaviria, Víctor. LA VENDEDORA DE ROSAS
Jodorowsky, Alejandro. HOLY MOUNTAIN
Lamata, Luis Alberto. JERICÓ
Puenzo, Lucía. XXY
Exhibitions, Photographs, and Performances:
Fusco, Coco. LA PAREJA EN LA JAULA
Guayasamín, Oswaldo. LA EDAD DE LA IRA
Lemebel, Pedro. LAS DOS FRIDAS
Modotti, Tina. ON PHOTOGRAPHY
Reverón, Armando. LAS MUÑECAS
Salgado, Sebastião. LATIN AMERICA.
Sarduy, Severo. EL ORIENTE DE SEVERO SARDUY
Bellatin, Mario. LOS FANTASMAS DEL MASAJISTA
Puig, Manuel. LA TRAICIÓN DE RITA HAYWORTH
|Examinations and Assignments: |
2 short papers (4-5 pages), 1 oral presentation, 1 final paper (8 pages). Readings, discussions and papers in Spanish.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
This course is intended for students who have completed SPAN 221. Students who have not done so should consult with the professor before preregistering. All discussions and written work are in Spanish.
|Instructor(s): Guerrero,Javier Times: .M.W... 11:00AM-12:20PM; Location: FISK312; |
|Total Enrollment Limit: 18||SR major: 10||JR major: 3|| || |
|Seats Available: 0||GRAD: X||SR non-major: 1||JR non-major: 1||SO: 2||FR: 1|
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