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Courses for Spanish
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