"Islas sonantes": Music and Sound Technologies in Hispanic Caribbean Literature|
Fall 2020 not offered
|Course Cluster and Certificates: Caribbean Studies Minor|
Cuban author Alejo Carpentier once stated that the Antilles (the Caribbean islands) could easily be referred to as "islas sonantes" (sounding islands) because of their strong musical tradition. Music, according to him, is their common denominator. Inspired by this statement and extending it, in this course we will examine the role of music, as well as other sound and vocal productions in Hispanic Caribbean literature from the end of the 19th century to the present. Through close readings, we will reflect on how music and other sound media or communication devices (such as radio, audio recordings, sound magnification, and telephone) have helped reconceptualize social identities, notions of time and space, and human interaction. We will also look at their, at times, ideological, political, or purely aesthetic functions. No knowledge of music or sound technologies is required for this course.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CBST-MN)(HISP)(LAST)(RMST)
Alejo Carpentier, EL ACOSO (1956) Cuba
Mayra Santos Febres, SIRENA SELENA VESTIDA DE PENA (2000) Puerto Rico
Rita Indiana, PAPI (2005) Dominican Republic
A course reader with works by Nicolás Guillén, Luis Palés Matos, Manuel del Cabral, Virgilio Piñera, Severo Sarduy, Daniel Torres and Mayra Santos Febres, Rita Indiana Hernández, among others.
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Two short essays, three tests, participation, one oral presentation/recording, and a final project.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
SPAN281 is intended for students who have completed SPAN 221 with a B- or better. Students who have not done so should consult with the professor before preregistering. Readings, written assignments, and class discussions will be in Spanish. 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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