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Fall 2014-2015

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LAS 402 / COM 416
Latin American Studies Seminar - Politics and Drama in Latin America
Based on works of reportage by the instructor, this course will be an opportunity to discuss major themes and issues in contemporary Latin America. There will be sessions on Colombia, Cuba, El Salvador, Mexico and Venezuela, countries in which politics has been staged as a public spectacle, and/or in which the performance and ritual of violence has engrossed the young. There will also be sessions on Ernesto Guevara, on military and populist regimes and on Brazilian carnival as a reenactment of history. Good reading knowledge of Spanish helpful but not required.
Other information: Open to Juniors and Seniors Only. Prerequisites and Restrictions: Some background in Latin American studies, such as previous study, study/travel, and/or reading knowledge of Spanish. An interest in performance and/or theater is encouraged.
Alma Guillermoprieto . Schedule: S01 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm Th.

LAS 404 / SPA 410 / POR 411
Latin American Studies Seminar - Latin American Cinema
A survey of the art and industry of cinema in Latin America. Beginning with the silent cinema, the course will trace cinema's journey through the efforts to create nation film industries, the reaction to cinematic modernism, and finally to the contemporary impact of changes in technology as well as the expansion of the notion of the political to include questions of race, gender and sexual identity. Other information: Students pursuing a certificate in Spanish or Portuguese will be required to complete all written work in the target language. Screenings for this course will be available before class. Class time will be given over to lectures and screenings of select sequences.
Richard Peña. Schedule : S01 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm M. F01 7:30 pm - 10:20 pm Th.

LAS 503 / SPA 592 / POR 570
Exit, Voice, and Loyalty: Intellectuals in Latin America and the Caribbean
Taking Albert O. Hirschman's reflections on exit, voice and loyalty as our point of departure, the seminar addresses the ambivalent spaces Latin American and Caribbean intellectuals have occupied. Between commitment and compromise, reform and revolution, the lettered city and the people, media and literature, artists and writers have raised questions about politics, war, race, gender, violence, and the power or powerlessness of their own practices. Other Information: Class discussion is conducted in Spanish and Portuguese. Written work in English, Spanish or Portuguese. Relevant films and documentaries are screened. Guest speakers are scheduled. Special attention is paid to critics such as Antonio Candido, Ángel Rama, Alfredo Bosi, Roberto Schwarz, Octavio Paz, Ricardo Piglia, Jean Franco, Carlos Altamirano, Claudio Lomnitz, and Rafael Rojas.
Pedro Meira Monteiro and Arcadio Díaz-Quiñones. Schedule: S01 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm W. 


ARC 571 / ART 581 / MOD 573 / LAS 571 
Research in Architecture 
This advanced pro-seminar explores architectural research techniques through collaborative investigation of a specific issue facing the field. Rather than study research methods in the abstract, students are asked to actively carry out detailed research in teams and reflect upon its limits and potentials. The research project of each semester is carried through to realization in the form of a book, a conference, or an exhibition organized by the students in subsequent semesters. Other Requirements: Open to Graduate Students Only. Other information: Historiography is as much an analysis of historical method as it is a means of identifying blind spots in the historical record. Seeking to generate new contemporary practices through alternative readings of the past, this proseminar addresses the brief period from the 1930s to the early 1960s in which historians of modern architecture, architects, journalists, institutions, and governments from around the world trained their sights on Latin America. 
TBA. Schedule: TBA 

ART 269 / LAS 269
Objects of Andean Art
This course provides an overview of Pre-Columbian Andean art, taught from objects in the University's art museum and nearby collections. Particular attention will be paid to textiles, organic materials, and their biological origins. Students will have weekly opportunities to examine objects firsthand. Assignments will develop broad art historical research skills of object study, writing about objects, and visual documentation of objects (photography, analytical illustration, etc.) Excursions and demonstrations of materials and techniques, generously supported by PLAS, will make the course ideal for hands-on and experiential learners. Other Requirements: United States travel required; not open to Graduate Students.   Other information: For department majors, satisfies Group 1 distribution requirement.
Andrew J. Hamilton. Schedule: C01 10:00 am – 10:50 am MW; P99 TBA.

ART 344 / LAS 334 / POR 367 
Topics in 20th-Century Art 
Exhibiting Experimentalism: Experimental art by definition involves process, discovery, contingency, and the possibility of failure. Museums, by contrast, are institutions traditionally dedicated to the care and preservation of artifacts with permanent value. What then are the possibilities for experiencing experimental work within a museum? Using recent acquisitions of contemporary art by the Princeton University Art Museum as case studies, students will investigate questions of historiography, pedagogy, transgression, critical exhibition practices, and curatorial ethics, culminating in the organization of an exhibition at the museum. Other Requirements: Not Open to Graduate Students. Other information: For department majors, satisfies Group 3 distribution requirement. 
Irene V. Small. Schedule: L01 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm T. 

ART 566 / SPA 593 / LAS 566 
Seminar in Contemporary Art and Theory - The Aesthetics of Hunger 
What kinds of aesthetics issue forth from need? Taking its name from Brazilian film director Glauber Rocha's 1965 manifesto, this course investigates how practitioners and critics have sought to understand political, social, economic, and material limitations as generative conditions for aesthetic form. Moving between Latin American debates of the 1960s and 70s and the contemporary moment, we examine how hunger, scarcity, and imperfection inform such concepts as violence, excess, subject formation, image circulation, geopolitics, neodevelopmentalism. Case studies include works of literature, art, cinema, philosophy, and historiography. Other Requirements: Open to Graduate Students Only. 
Rachel L. Price and Irene V. Small. Schedule: S01 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm M.

COM 353 / LAS 352 
Contemporary Latin America in Literature and Visual Arts 
This course is an introduction to contemporary Latin American literature & visual arts with a transatlantic perspective. Placing special emphasis on the changing relationships between aesthetics & politics, it analyzes different genres & artistic styles that emerge with new forms of imagining the relations between culture & politics, from the 1960s to the present. Readings will include critical texts on minor literature's, transatlantic connections, new social movements as well as literature dealing with situationism, romance reportagem, indigenous movements, testimonio, zapatism, etc. Texts will be available in the original & translation. 
Susana Draper. Schedule: C01 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm T.

HIS 303 / LAS 305 
Colonial Latin America to 1810 
This course begins with the origins and consolidation of the Aztec, Inca and Iberian polities and ends with the severance of colonial ties. It combines an overview of the political economy of the region over three centuries with a study of how social groups interacted among themselves and with imperial rule over time through accommodation and conflict. We pay special attention to comparisons and contrasts -- centers and frontiers of settlement, urban and rural life, indigenous and African populations, religion and transgression, Portuguese and Spanish models of rule -- and to long-term processes and implications of environmental change
Vera S. Candiani. Schedule : L01 11:00 am - 11:50 am T Th; P01 9:00 am - 9:50 am Th; P02 10:00 am - 10:50 am Th. 

POR 306 / LAS 360 / ARC 307 / URB 306 
Urban Modernism and Its Discontents 
This interdisciplinary course explores some of the tensions between modernization projects and cultural production from the 19th century onward, examining representations of cities in literature (poetry and prose), maps, film, painting, theory and policy.We will focus on the cultures and histories of major cities in the Portuguese-speaking world, but will consider them in a global context.Topics include Rio de Janeiro's favelas and potential consequences of the 2016 Olympics; the architectural history of the modernist capital of Brasília; São Paulo's explosion into a megalopolis; contemporary urban innovation and environmental challenges. Other information: The class will be conducted entirely in English. If a student is pursuing a POR certificate, however, written work is to be completed in the target language. To receive credit for a PLAS certificate, the final paper must be written on a Latin American city and a copy must be submitted to PLAS. The class also awards credit for the Urban Studies certificate. 
Bruno M. Carvalho. Schedule: C01 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm Th

SOC 210 / LAS 210 / URB 210 / LAO 210 
Urban Sociology: The City and Social Change in the Americas 
By taking a comparative approach, this course examines the role of social, economic, and political factors in the emergence and transformation of modern cities in the United States and selected areas of Latin America. We consider the city in its dual image: both as a center of progress and as a redoubt of social problems, especially poverty. Attention is given to spatial processes that have resulted in the aggregation and desegregation of populations differentiated by social class and race. 
Patricia Fernández-Kelly. Schedule: L01 10:00 am - 10:50 am M W; P99 TBA. 


SOC 315 / LAS 316 / AAS 315
Race, Ethnicity, Nationalism in Latin America
Examines a wide range of issues regarding race, ethnicity and nationalism globally, but with an emphasis on Latin America. We will explore the basic sociological, political and cultural concepts of nation, race and ethnicity, emphasizing how they are used and their relation with one another in various contexts. For example, race and ethnicity have taken on special meanings in Latin America where they are central to ideas about the nation. Much of the course will focus on how that came about and how race is manifested in different national contexts. We will emphasize comparisons to the U.S. as well as across countries within Latin America.
Edward E. Telles. Schedule: L01 11:00 am – 11:50 am M W; P99 TBA.

SPA 213 / LAS 214 
Of Love and Other Demons 
Love is the subject of the world's greatest stories. The passions aroused by Helen of Troy brought down a city and made Homer's masterpiece possible, while the foolishness of those in love inspired Shakespeare and Cervantes to create their most memorable characters. Many powerful Latin American and Spanish stories deal with the force and effects of love. In this course, we will study a group of films and literary fictions that focus on different kinds and forms of love. We will pay special attention to the forms of narrative love (quest, courting, adultery, heartbreaking), as well as the translation of love into language, body, and image. Other information: Course taught in Spanish. Screenings will occur on selected evenings, and films will be available for viewing on Blackboard. 
Javier E. Guerrero. Schedule: C01 11:00 am - 12:20 pm M W. 

SPA 220 / LAS 220 
El Género Negro: Crime Fiction 
This course is an introduction to crime fiction from early 20th-century "locked room" mysteries to 21st century narco-narratives. It examines short stories, novels, films and critical writings about detective and crime fiction in Latin America and Spain. Topics include the genre's links to high and low literature, to film and to historical contexts such as immigration, state crime, drug culture and globalization. Authors include Roberto Arlt, María Elvira Bermúdez, Adolfo Bioy Casares, Roberto Bolaño, Jorge Luis Borges, Alicia Giménez Bartlett, Leonardo Padura Fuentes, Ricardo Piglia, Fernando Vallejo, and others. Other information: Course taught in Spanish. 
Rachel L. Price. Schedule: C01 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm W. 

SPA 222 / LAS 222 / LAO 222 
Introduction to Latin American Cultures 
This course offers an introduction to modern Spanish American literatures and cultures. Through a wide spectrum of materials (essays, fiction, poetry, film, and art), students will study some of the most relevant issues in Latin American modern history, such as modernity, history, memory, and gender politics. The list includes works by Nobel Prize winners Gabriela Mistral and Gabriel García Márquez, and artists such as Rivera and Kahlo. Students are strongly encouraged to read at least one complete classic Latin American book in English or Spanish. Other information: Course taught in Spanish. 
Gabriela Nouzeilles. Schedule: C01 11:00 am - 12:20 pm T Th. 


FRS 135
Soccer and Latin America: Politics, History, Popular Culture
The Italian filmmaker Pier Paolo Pasolini (1922-1975) famously claimed that "there are two types of football, prose and poetry. European teams are prose, tough, premeditated, systematic, collective. Latin American ones are poetry, ductile, spontaneous, individual, erotic." Latin Americans have sometimes been defined by others — and represented themselves — in terms of the performance of their soccer teams. In this course, we will explore several facets of the game's role in the region, approaching them from a historical, cultural, and aesthetic perspective. Literary texts will range from short stories and poetry centered on the sport, to the narratives of prominent chroniclers who elevated soccer to "epic" status, projecting national teams as the embodiment of collective identities. Other sources including essays, film, and photography will complement our approach.
In the process of engaging this material, we will investigate interplays between soccer and politics, including uses of the sport during dictatorial regimes of the 1960s and '70s, as well in different countries' assertions on the world stage. Reflections over the place of soccer in a changing social landscape are bound to invite questions of how, in a region of deep economic inequalities, the sport can function as a congregator, as the proverbial "opium of the masses," or as a target of political protests.
We will attempt to understand how soccer captivates the imagination of so many, viewing its popularization in the context of wider developments like radio, technology to build massive stadiums, European immigration, and globalization. Throughout the semester, the sport will provide us with a window onto the study of Latin America and beyond, but our discussions will also account for cultural relationships, including intersections between soccer, dance, and theater. Although the course is structured comparatively, it focuses primarily on Argentina, Brazil, and Mexico.
Other Requirements: Open to Freshmen only. Other Information: Enrollment by application or interview. Departmental permission required.
Bruno Carvalho. Schedule: S01 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm T.

HIS 506
Modern Latin America since 1810
Course examines interactions between states and citizens since Latin American independence with an additional consideration of the region's integration into global economic and political systems. Other Requirements: Open to Graduate Students Only. Other information: Some Spanish is highly recommended. See instructor for more details. Note: LAS Concentrators must write their final paper on a Latin American topic and provide a copy of the final paper to PLAS in order to receive certificate credit.
Robert A. Karl. Schedule: S01 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm T.

MUS 509
Topics of Popular Music - Analysis of Protest Music
This course explores interdisciplinary frameworks for analyzing popular music in social movements, using literary theory, urban studies, political science, social science, music theory, and ethnomusicology. Topics include urban space, cyberspace, festivals, the music industry, musicians' roles, and allegorical and intertextual approaches. The antinuclear movement in post -3.11 Japan will serve as a constant example throughout the course, along with antiwar movements of the 1960s, Latin America under dictatorships, Arab Spring, and movements post-2011. Other Requirements:
Not Open to Freshmen. Note: LAS Concentrators must write their final paper on a Latin American topic and provide a copy of the final paper to PLAS in order to receive certificate credit.
Noriko Manabe . Schedule: S01 10:00 am - 12:50 pm Th.

POR 303
Lyrical Traditions in Portuguese
A voyage through the lyrical traditions of Portugal, Brazil, and Portuguese-speaking Africa, this course seeks to trace the evolution of the poetic form and illuminate dynamic and enduring intertextualities. Through close-readings of major works of poetry we will explore the ongoing dialogue between poets and artists of the spoken word across time and space, providing the foundation for a deeper understanding of the diverse Portuguese-language literary and cultural landscape. Note: LAS Concentrators must write their final paper on a Latin American topic and provide a copy of the final paper to PLAS in order to receive certificate credit.
Nicola T. Cooney. Schedule: C01 3:00 pm - 4:20 pm T Th.

SPA 220 / LAS 220
El Género Negro: Crime Fiction
This course is an introduction to crime fiction from early 20th-century "locked room" mysteries to 21st century narco-narratives. It examines short stories, novels, films and critical writings about detective and crime fiction in Latin America and Spain. Topics include the genre's links to high and low literature, to film and to historical contexts such as immigration, state crime, drug culture and globalization. Authors include Roberto Arlt, María Elvira Bermúdez, Adolfo Bioy Casares, Roberto Bolaño, Jorge Luis Borges, Alicia Giménez Bartlett, Leonardo Padura Fuentes, Ricardo Piglia, Fernando Vallejo, and others. Prerequisites and Restrictions: SPA 207 or higher; or instructor's permission. Other information: Course taught in Spanish 
Rachel Price. Schedule: C01 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm W.

SPA 354
Photography and the Nation in the Hispanic World
An examination of the ways photography has worked in the construction of the historical, political, social and subjective dimensions of some nations and their citizens in the Hispanic world from the end of the 19th century to our times. Among the issues to be examined are: photographing the national subject; recording history; the foreign gaze; war and propaganda (the Spanish-American war, the Mexican revolution, the Spanish Civil War); the margins of the city; sexuality and abjection. Other information: Course taught in Spanish. Note: LAS Concentrators must write their final paper on a Latin American topic and provide a copy of the final paper to PLAS in order to receive certificate credit.
Manuel-Angel G. Loureiro. Schedule: C01 1:30 pm - 2:50 pm M W.

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