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Courses for Spanish

SPA 537Golden-Age DramaThe growth of drama in Spain from the Middle Ages to the Baroque. Emphasis will be given to the socioeconomic and political factors that conditioned the development of the Spanish theater.Ronald E. Surtz
SPA 562/LAS 563The Cinema of CrueltyDrawing on Antonin Artaud's ideas around theatre of cruelty and André Bazin's notions of auteur film and its subversive capacity, this course looks at a group of Latin American and Spanish films and directors to explore how cruelty has become a recognizable aesthetic, one with strategic relevance for Hispanic film. This seminar will understand film as a text in which cruelty functions as a cinematic trope, and will also reflect on spectatorship, film's ability to inflict pain and, even more, the possibility that film constitutes a modern spectacle of cruelty.Javier E. Guerrero
SPA 584/LAS 581/EPS 584/POR 571Democracies to come? Political transitions and cultural revolutions of the 1970'sThe death of dictator Francisco Franco triggered a set of political, cultural and social processes usually referred as the Spanish transition to democracy. Focused in this case -once proposed as a model for other countries-, but including materials from Portugal and Latin America, this seminar studies the complex relations between culture and politics in the 1970's. Among the topics to be discussed are: popular cultures, social movements, ephemeral arts, documentalism, novels, dictatorships, memory studies, democracy, gender, counter-culture, underground aesthetics and grass-root activism.Germán Labrador Méndez

Courses for Portuguese

POR 562/LAS 562Luso-Brazilian Seminar: Machado de AssisThis seminar will focus on the work of Machado de Assis (1839-1908). Through the analysis and discussion of recent criticism we will be able to perceive that some of the most interesting social issues of contemporary Brazil can be found in Machado's plots, thus raising questions about the relationship between literature and society, writing and politics, center and periphery.Pedro Meira Monteiro
SPA 584/LAS 581/EPS 584/POR 571Democracies to come? Political transitions and cultural revolutions of the 1970'sThe death of dictator Francisco Franco triggered a set of political, cultural and social processes usually referred as the Spanish transition to democracy. Focused in this case -once proposed as a model for other countries-, but including materials from Portugal and Latin America, this seminar studies the complex relations between culture and politics in the 1970's. Among the topics to be discussed are: popular cultures, social movements, ephemeral arts, documentalism, novels, dictatorships, memory studies, democracy, gender, counter-culture, underground aesthetics and grass-root activism.Germán Labrador Méndez