Territories of Dwelling, Desire and Resistance in Latin America|
Spring 2022 not offered
This course seeks to examine the ways in which diverse geographical spaces in Latin America have been produced, negotiated, and contested from the past century to our times through cultural practices that construct them as territories of dwelling, desire, possession, dispossession, and resistance. We will focus on texts and practices--literature, film, performance, and the visual arts--that seek to destabilize the hegemonic (colonial) gaze that has been projected onto rural spaces for centuries, which in our times manifests itself through extractivist and other capitalist practices, and pay close attention to local modes of dwelling and the relationships among community, embodiment, gender, and desire. We will trace how these texts intervene in urgent debates about the destiny of rural lands, the uses and abuses of nature, and the place of rural peoples, the struggles for peasant and indigenous rights, environmental justice, and the construction of alternative modernities. We will focus particularly on the Andean and Amazon regions (mountains, rainforests) of South America, as well as other rural tropical areas.
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This course is intended for students who have completed SPAN 221 with a grade of B- or better. Students who have not done so should consult with the instructor.
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