SPANISH

SPAN-456
Spanish Topics (3)

Course Level: Undergraduate

Topics vary by section, may be repeated for credit with different topic. Courses taught in Spanish on such topics as: Latin American film, Mexican-U.S. border, urban cultures in Latin America, indigenous people of Latin America, Hispanics in the United States, Caribbean cultures, and the Latin American short story. Meets with SPAN-656. Usually offered every term. Prerequisite: SPAN-353 or placement test.

SPAN-456
001
SPANISH
FALL 2015

Course Level: Undergraduate

Spanish Topics (3)

Contemporary Latin American Cinema

Using methods that both embrace and critique the study of national cinemas, this course provides a survey of cinema from across the Latin American region. After a brief discussion of general film terminology and ideas, the course explores a quick history of cinema from Spanish and Portuguese America (including the Golden Age of Mexican Cinema) and the New Latin American Cinema before concentrating on the changing tropes of contemporary cinema from the region, including screenings as part of the AFI Latin American Film Festival. Course taught entirely in Spanish. Meets with SPAN-656 001 and LIT-446/646 002.

SPAN-456
002
SPANISH
FALL 2015

Course Level: Undergraduate

Spanish Topics (3)

Rep of Violence in Colombia/Mexico

In the last three decades Colombia and Mexico have experienced a dramatic surge in violence due to the rise of powerful drug cartels. This course examines the cultural production that deals with such violence. Special attention is paid to the relationship between representation, ethics and capitalism.

SPAN-456
003
SPANISH
FALL 2015

Course Level: Undergraduate

Spanish Topics (3)

Memory/Performance/Activism in Southern Cone

Through examination of diverse performative phenomena (urban intervention, theater, demonstrations, photography, and film) this course investigates the role of performance in the negotiation of memory politics, changing notions of citizenship, human rights activism, and the articulation of youth culture in contemporary Argentina, Chile, and Uruguay.

SPAN-456
001
SPANISH
SPRING 2016

Course Level: Undergraduate

Spanish Topics (3)

Latin American Women Writers

From Sor Juana to Alejandra Pizarnik and Elena Poniatowska, the work of female writers has too often been censored or dismissed as minor within the male-dominated canon. This course challenges such perspective by analyzing how the work of Latin-American women writers provides a critical approach that questions official narratives. Meets with SPAN-656 001.

SPAN-456
002
SPANISH
SPRING 2016

Course Level: Undergraduate

Spanish Topics (3)

Documentary Genre in Latin America

This course traces the development of the documentary genre in Latin America from the 1960s to the present. Drawing from theater, film, and photography, the class analyzes the way documentary works shape new modes of self-expression, unsettle divisions between fact and fiction, and engage discourses of history, human rights, and the law. Meets with SPAN-656 002.

SPAN-456
003
SPANISH
SPRING 2016

Course Level: Undergraduate

Spanish Topics (3)

Indigenous Peoples of Latin America

This course aims at exploring the different and diverse indigenous cultures of Latin America from an historical perspective, such as: Aymara and Quechua (Andean region); Mayan, (Southern Mexico and Guatemala); Mapuche (Chile); Guarani (Paraguay); and Nahuatl (Mexico). Course materials include film, literature, testimonials, textiles, music and dance. Taught entirely in Spanish, with emphasis on the politics of indigenous language use. Meets with SPAN-656 003.