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Courses for Spanish

ART 566/SPA 593/LAS 566Seminar in Contemporary Art and Theory: The Aesthetics of HungerWhat 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.Irene V. SmallRachel L. Price
ENG 572/SPA 594/AAS 572Introduction to Critical Theory: Critical Latina/o StudiesThis course investigates the history and futurity of Latina/o Studies in the greater humanities. We will read canonical texts in Latina/o Studies and reanimate their influential if still undertheorized interventions. We will supplement these readings with recent work that opens up the field's familiar ontological coordinates. As we reimagine the field's key words and tropes, we will expand its methodological repertoire for the study of race, migration, and ethnicity in America. By placing these critical efforts in living relation to Latina/o performance, we will cultivate a sense of play to approach the new creative waves of Latinidad.Alexandra T. Vazquez
LAS 503/SPA 592/POR 570Exit, Voice, and Loyalty: Intellectuals in Latin America and the CaribbeanTaking 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.Pedro Meira MonteiroArcadio Díaz-Quiñones
SPA 536Golden-Age PoetryA close reading of selected lyric poetry of the Renaissance and Baroque periods. The course will have a workshop format: every week each student will prepare a brief analysis of a given poem in order to stimulate class discussion.Ronald E. Surtz
SPA 540Main Currents of Spanish Thought, 1848 to the Present: Cultural Wars & SubalternityThis course seeks to explore the cultural logics of the Spanish Modernity since 1789 to the present, studying the historical configuration of Iberian Modern cultures though aesthetics, as a violent process that involves memory, power and communities. Among the topics to be addressed are places of memory, national imagination, hegemony and resistance, subalternity, political subjection, biopolitics, popular cultures, political art, underground aesthetics, historical memory, mass cultures, avant-garde and poetics in a wide range of texts and materials, from zarzuelas, theater plays and poems to novels, documentary films and images.Germán Labrador Méndez
SPA 554Synthetic SkinDolls are human creations whose "disgrace" is their birth itself. They are not born according to the principles of sexual reproduction and biological identity: motherless, they form outside of the uterus. Dolls are different from other artificial matters in their close relationship to childhood. But the even more definitive distinction is that they have been assigned to a sex: they are female bodies. This seminar proposes to explore the specificity of these synthetic lives, considering dolls in their relationships with toys, monsters, mannequins, automatons, puppets, virgins, and mommies, through the work of diverse contemporary artists.Javier E. Guerrero

SPA 401 / LAS 428 Topics in Hispanic Culture (Europe and America) - Revolution, Mourning, and Literature in 20th Century Latin America
Twentieth-century Latin American history is shaped by the collective experience of various revolutionary and social movements. From the Mexican to the Cuban revolution and the populist Peronism and Varguismo, to the belligerent promises of "Chavismo", the cultural history of the region cannot be understood apart from the pitfalls of revolutionary nationalism. This course studies the processes of mourning unleashed by the shortcomings or failures of those revolutionary processes through music, literature, cinema, music, as well as comics and graphic art.  Rafael Elias Rojas Gutiérrez

LAS 401 / SPA 412 / LAO 401  Latin American Studies Seminar - Islands, Literature and History in Latin America & the Caribbean
How have islands been depicted in literature, historical narratives, film, and popular culture? How have empires, from the Spanish conquest to Guantánamo, reinvented the Caribbean islands as tropical paradises or as very real prisons? We consider the ways in which nationalist discourse, slavery and marronage, revolutions, military occupations, and tourism have shaped collective memory in the sugar islands. We will also explore questions of exit, voice and loyalty in Caribbean diasporic communities. "The Tempest", More's "Utopia" and "Robinson Crusoe" will provide starting points for rethinking key poetic and political traditions at play.  Arcadio Díaz-Quiñones

Courses for Portuguese

LAS 503/SPA 592/POR 570Exit, Voice, and Loyalty: Intellectuals in Latin America and the CaribbeanTaking 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.Pedro Meira MonteiroArcadio Díaz-Quiñones