Dangerous Plots: Fictions of the Latin American Jungle|
Spring 2020 not offered
This course is an exploration of the ways in which nature has been plotted in fiction, films, and popular culture, focusing on the tropical jungle, a space that has been central to the way Latin America has been imagined for centuries. We will investigate the construction of jungle as a cultural space where diverse anxieties about sovereignty, nationhood, race, development, gender, and subversion collide. We will evaluate this topography in relation to diverse projects of modernization and development, to the global angst over the environment and its destruction, to peasant and indigenous agency, and to a number of cultural and economic struggles that have shaped the region over the past century. Attention will be placed on literary, filmic, and visual texts.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (HISP)(LAST)(RMST)
Horacio Quiroga, Selection of short stories
José Eustasio Rivera, La vorágine
Mario Vargas Llosa , El hablador
Joao Guimaraes Rosa, "Mi tío el jaguareté"
Selection of stories and poems of local Amazonian authors
Mario Payeras, "Los días de la selva"
Selection of Colombian Testimonios del secuestro
Selection of television clips and documentaries
Portfolio of contemporary visual artists from Latin America
Fitzcarraldo (Herzog, 1982, Germany)
La muralla verde (Robles Godoy, 1970, Perú)
Iracema, uma transa amazonica (Bodanzky, 1976, Brazil)
The Emerald Forest, (Boorman, 1985, USA)
El vuelco del cangrejo, (Ruiz Navia, 2009, Colombia)
El abrazo de la serpiente (Guerra, 2015, Colombia)
Yvy Marayi, Tierra sin mal (Juan Carlos Valdivia, 2013, Bolivia)
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Two papers (4-5 pages) and one take-home final exam. Weekly participation in online forum.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
This course is intended for students who have completed SPAN 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. Only COL students may take this course CR/U. Reading and writing are the best ways for adult learners to improve their spoken Spanish. You will therefore improve all of your language skills in this course.
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