In our increasingly globalized society, what impact have transnationalism and new technologies had on the formation and articulation of local cultures in the Hispanic world? How do subjects remember and represent themselves as embodied actors in the spaces where conflicting and contestatory identities meet? How have television, the visual and graphic arts, and music redefined national space and identity in Spanish, Latin American, and U.S. Latino communities? Individual offerings of this course may focus on one or more of the following: theater, performance, and performativity; comics and the graphic arts; literature and the marketplace; the politics of mass media; sports and national identity; and popular culture’s strategies of resistance. Spanish courses numbered 40 and above may be repeated for credit when offered as different topics. Prerequisite: SPAN 20. Dist: ART; WCult: Varies.
In Summer 2017 - Spanish 65.06 - Crossing the US-Mexican Border: Myths and Icons of Hybridity
The US-Mexico is both a vital zone of contact and a death zone between two of the most diverse and vibrant cultures in the Americas. We will study how border writers and filmmakers from both sides of the border represent that in-between space that some argue is fast becoming a third nation. Readings and films will include Eduardo Parra, Tierra de nadie, Crosthwaite, La luna siempre será un difícil amor, Campbell’s Tijuana, Rosina Conde’s internet novel La genara, and María Novaro’s El jardín de Edén and Sin dejar huella. Professor: Silvia Spitta
In Fall 2017- Spanish 65.02- Obscene Images. Introduction to Visual Studies in Latin America
Violence, death, sex, disability, race, gender, poverty, and politics were regarded as unthinkable, intolerable, offensive, or simply obscene in different times and regions in Latin America. This course will provide a critical and theoretical approach to textual and visual representations from the 19th century to the present, which have generated controversy over their depiction of these cultural topics. Images of destruction, pictures of war, or paintings excluded by the mainstream culture will be used to familiarize the students with the production and consumption of visual and textual culture and the ethics of representation. The goal of the course is first, to introduce students to Visual Culture/Visual Studies in Latin America, second, to problematize the relation between representation and culture, and, finally to evaluate the implications of these topics (sex, violence, race, gender, disability, etc) in relation to power, knowledge and ethics in Latin American culture. Professor: Sebastian Diaz
In Winter 2016 - Spanish 65.04: Night at the Museum: A Cultural and Political History of El Prado
El Prado is considered one of the most important museums of art in the world. This course will explore several issues related to this institution: how and why the museum was founded, its connection to the construction of a national identity, and its transformations in order to become a touristic attraction for millions of visitors. Materials for the course will include maps, photographs, historical documents and official websites. Students will also analyze some of El Prado's better-known paintings and they will also read some literary works (novels and theatre plays) about this museum. Professor: Antonio Gómez.
In Winter 2017- Spanish 65.05: Staging Globalization
This course focuses on theatre and cultural production in relation to contemporary sites of political turmoil due to the advent of globalization and the neoliberal crisis. As such, we will be studying plays from different areas of Spanish-speaking America. In order to give coherence to this broad field, the readings will focus on plays that reflect on XX and XXI Century particularities in relation to the vast concept of globalization, such as Enrique Buenaventura, Diana Raznovich, Benjamín Galemiri, among others. Our goal is to see how these themes are developed dramatically and theatrically, as well as within the historical and national context of each play text. An important part of our discussions and play analyses will involve the nature of globalization and its manifestations and consequences in theatrical discourses. Professor: Analola Santana
In Winter 2018- Spanish 65.07: Stage Rebellion: Dissidence in Latin American Theatre.
In this class, we will be studying plays from Spanish- speaking Latin America. In order to give coherence to this broad field, the readings will focus on plays with rebellion and the rebel as the central theme. Our goal is to see how these themes are developed dramatically and theatrically, as well as within the historical and national context of each play-text and performance. An important part of our discussions and performance analyses will involve the nature of rebellion, its manifestations, and consequences. Professor: Analola Santana