Multilingual Aesthetics in Latin America|
Fall 2021 not offered
|Course Cluster and Certificates: Caribbean Studies Minor|
This course examines writings by Latin American authors who are multilingual or have an intercultural awareness as a result of colonization, cosmopolitanism, migration, or bicultural upbringing. First, students will learn about a variety of Spanish American movements, such as "modernismo," "creacionismo," "negrismo," "indigenismo," "neoindigenismo," and "indianismo," all of which dialogued with diverse cultures and languages other than Spanish. Then, we will examine a series of collaborative projects, such as a quadrilingual poem co-written by Octavio Paz (Mexico), Jacques Roubaud (France), Edoardo Sanguineti (Italy), and Charles Tomlinson (UK); a selection of English-Spanish poems by Marjorie Evasco (Philippines) and Alex Fleites (Cuba); and the "Festival de poesía: lenguas de América," a bi-annual event that gathers poets from diverse multilingual regions in the Americas. Lastly, we will examine literary and scholarly work by/about Latin American writers of indigenous descent, as well as works in Spanish, English, and "Spanglish" by Chicano, U.S. Latino, and Filipino American writers. Throughout the semester students will reflect on how multilingualism can serve as a medium for aesthetic experimentation, intercultural dialogue, and/or political resistance. All discussions will be held in Spanish, and all readings will be in their original Spanish or in Spanish/English translation.
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||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CBST-MN)(EDST)(HISP)(LAST)(RMST)
Alcides Arguedas, RAZA DE BRONCE
José María Arguedas, WARMA KUYAY and CANTO KECHWA
Miguel Ángel Asturias, LEYENDAS DE GUATEMALA
Miguel León Portilla, VISIÓN DE LOS VENCIDOS
Paz, Roubaud, Sanguineti, and Tomlinson, RENGA: UN POEMA
Jorge Miguel Cocom Pech, MUK'ULT'AN IN NOOL / SECRETOS DEL ABUELO
Leonel Lienlaf, PALABRAS SOÑADAS & SE HA DESPERTADO EL AVE EN MI CORAZÓN
Lorenzo Aillapán, ÜÑÜMCHE / HOMBRE PÁJARO
Ana Lydia Vega, POLLITO CHICKEN
Marjorie Evasco and Alex Fleites, PECES DE LUZ/FISHES OF LIGHT
Selection of texts by Rubén Darío, José Martí, Vicente Huidobro, Nicolás Guillén, William Carlos Williams, José García Villa, Gloria Anzaldúa, Tato Laviera, Ángel Rama, Doris Sommer, Walter Mignolo, Giannina Braschi, Tino Villanueva, Natalio Hernández, Gustavo Pérez Firmat, Ilan Stavans, Richard Blanco, Irma Pineda, and Judith Santopietro, among others.
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Participation in oral discussions and weekly Moodle forum; participation in translation and bilingual creative writing workshops; two compositions; oral presentations; a final essay/project.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
This course 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. Although all classes will be held online via Zoom, Moodle, and Perusall, I will hold some of my office hours in-person in an outdoor space.
CONDITIONS FOR CR/U STUDENT OPTION
The Department of Romance Languages & Literatures normally does not recognize CR/U except for COL students. The reason is that learning effectively in another language calls for regular completion of multiple activities over the course of the term, including faithful attendance and informed participation. In our experience students have counted on grades to determine where to focus their efforts. Because of the pandemic we have made the CR/U option available, but it should be chosen only as a measure of last resort. Since a full university credit is involved no matter what the grading option, bear in mind that CR/U assumes students will complete all graded activities including attendance and participation satisfactorily. Remember, too, that the Hispanic Literatures & Cultures major and study abroad continue to require that courses be completed with a minimum grade. If you take your course CR/U, your professor will record the letter grade and the Spanish section will decide accordingly whether the grade is sufficient for you to continue to the next level, to study abroad, to meet the requirement for acceptance into the major, or for the course to count for the major. If you are having difficulties of any kind, we urge you to contact your professor immediately to see what can be done to address them.
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