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Courses for Spanish

HUM 595/ARC 595/SPA 599/ART 595/MOD 595Interdisciplinary Studies in the Humanities: Non/Human: Ecology, Morphology, and Design in Animals and PlantsWhile the structures of animal and vegetal organisms have been used as sources of metaphor/analogy with human design and architecture, this course investigates the tectonic capacities of non-human specimens beyond a merely metaphoric usage. Animals and plants also make things, yet they may make things differently than humans, evoking alternative possibilities. The course assesses debates from evolutionary biology, morphology, aesthetics, architecture, color theory, philosophy, contemporary art practice, and film. Topics include milieu, tectonics, aesthetics, form, surface (camouflage and mimicry), agency, analogy, and fabrication.Spyros PapapetrosRachel L. Price
LAS 506/ARC 582/COM 506/SPA 598Displaying Latin AmericaExhibitions are central to the history of architecture. The modern architecture of Latin America made its international debut with several national pavilions in the 1939 New York World's Fair, the most famous being that of Brazil, as part of cultural and economic policies that addressed the need to be part of a modern world. This seminar studies multiple sites and strategies of displaying Latin America through architecture. It examines the cultural institutions (museums, ministries, universities, biennials) and engages the actors (architects, historians, cultural impresarios) that mobilized architecture to imagine the nation and the region.Patricio del Real
POR 562/SPA 600/LAS 561/MOD 562Luso-Brazilian Seminar: The Subject in DisguiseFocusing on fiction, poetry, diaries and documentary film, this seminar explores how the "I" who remembers is always a relentless and elusive disguise. From autobiographical contemporary experiments on memory and narrative to early 20th-century novels, we will see how the storyteller is comprehensible only when the fictional transformation of him or herself is put into effect.Pedro Meira MonteiroLilia K. Moritz Schwarcz
SPA 538Seminar in Golden-Age Literature: Contingent Ethnographies in Early Modern SpainThe nature, definitions, and politics of ethnicity -and ethnography-in the history and fiction of Early Modern Spain reveal intricate and shifting parameters. A variety of texts from the Old World and the New, read in conjunction with such theorists as Agamben, Taussig and Ricoeur, and critics including González Echevarría, Mignolo and Pratt serve as the focus of discussions. Readings include works by Inca Garcilaso, Guamán Poma, Antonio de Guevara, Antonio de Torquemada, Miguel de Luna, Lope de Vega and Cervantes.Marina S. Brownlee
SPA 540Main Currents of Spanish Thought, 1848 to the Present: History and Memory in Contemporary Spanish CultureThe course will explore how the Spanish II Republic and the Civil War have been narrated, remembered and revised in historiography, prose fiction, poetry, film, journalism and other cultural venues throughout the decades and the generations. The course will pay special attention to the politics of memory, but also to aspects of memory that challenge conventional political assumptions about history and memory.Manuel-Angel G. Loureiro
SPA 545Evolution of Race and Nation in the Iberian Atlantic World, 1650-1898Throughout history, Spaniards have been concerned with the meanings of nation, nationality, and race. In their attempts to define themselves and their nation, Spaniards had to confront their own history, the changing meanings of "Spain", as well as the presence of populations that were under the sovereignty of the Spanish monarchy, yet perceived as different. The main objective of this course is to analyze the evolution of nation and race in the Iberian Atlantic world, from the 17th to the 19th century.Antonio Feros
SPA 583Seminar in Literary TheoryWHAT IS THE MATTER OF THEORY - its basic content and scope? This seminar studies the main trends and interventions in modern theoretical thought through a cluster of keywords and core concepts such as realism, mass culture, image, body, memory, and power.Maria Gabriela Nouzeilles

Courses for Portuguese

POR 562/SPA 600/LAS 561/MOD 562Luso-Brazilian Seminar: The Subject in DisguiseFocusing on fiction, poetry, diaries and documentary film, this seminar explores how the "I" who remembers is always a relentless and elusive disguise. From autobiographical contemporary experiments on memory and narrative to early 20th-century novels, we will see how the storyteller is comprehensible only when the fictional transformation of him or herself is put into effect.Pedro Meira MonteiroLilia K. Moritz Schwarcz