Minor Tales: Youth and Childhood in Latin American Culture|
Spring 2014 not offered
This course is an exploration of Latin American literature and film about childhood and youth in the 20th and 21st centuries. Youth, a fundamental concept for political projects and fiction, also serves as the focus of a wide array of issues: poverty, education, cultural identity, language and aesthetics, revolution, political activism and repression, immigration, violence, historical change, sexuality, and marginalization. What does it mean to speak for a child? What is the political function of the testimony of youth? How do texts about growing up in Latin America reflect on the social and psychic formation of the subject? How do they narrate some of the major events that have shaped the region's history? We will examine a wide array of texts ranging from novels of formation to experimental short fiction, as well as testimony, film, and visual culture of different historical periods of regions.
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|Course Format: Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
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Roberto Artl, EL JUGUETE RABIOSO
José María Arguedas LOS RÍOS PROFUNDOS
Rosario Castellanos, BALUN CANAN
Gabriel García Márquez, "LA INCREÍBLE Y TRISTE HISTORIA DE LA CÁNDIDA ERÉNDIRA Y SU ABUELA DESALMADA"
Cromwell Jara, "MONTACERDOS"
Short stories by José Luis González, Julio Cortázar, Andrés Caicedo, Cristina Peri Rossi, Junot Díaz Selections of Reinaldo Arenas, Ernesto Ché Guevara
Testimonies of Colombian youth.
LOS OLVIDADOS, Luis Buñuel, (México)
LA VENDEDORA DE ROSAS, Víctor Gaviria, (Colombia)
LA NIÑA SANTA, Lucrecia Martel, (Argentina)
LA CIÉNAGA, Lucrecia Martel, (Argentina)
RAPADO, Martin Retjman, (Argentina)
PERFUME DE VIOLETAS, Maryse Sistach, (México)
LOS COLORES DE LA MONTAÑA, Carlos Arbeláez, (Colombia)
LA TETA ASUSTADA, Clauda Llosa, (Perú)
SIN NOMBRE, Cary Fukunaga, (Estados Unidos)
|Examination and Assignments: |
2 papers (5-7 pages, 8-10 pages); 1 creative adaptation (personal narrative); in-class presentations.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
This course is intended for students who have completed Spanish 221 or the equivalent with a grade of B or better. Students who have not done so should consult with the professor before pre-registering.
In addition to the essential capabilities indicated, students will regularly exercise skills speaking and writing in Spanish.
Advanced-level competence in Spanish is essential in order to understand the readings and films of the course.
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