Spanish America: The Cultural Context

HISP-S412- Prof. Dove — spring 2020

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Patrick Dove
GA 0009
Days and Times
MW 2:30P-3:45P
Course Description

Prerequisite:  HISP-S324 or a 300-level Spanish literature course

 “Representation and Violence in Spanish America”

In this course we will look at how Spanish American cultural production responds to contexts of institutionalized violence during the 20th and early 21st centuries. Cultural texts will include poems, film, photography and visual art, and prose (short stories and possibly a novel or two). Our main goal will be to explore how different cultural forms seek to record, remember, transmit, and intervene in experiences of political repression, economic domination, and terror or trauma. Course material will be taken from three different historical contexts: the Mexican revolution of 1910-1920, the Southern Cone military dictatorships of the 1970’s and 80’s, and the narco wars and gang violence in Mexico and Central America. We will pay close attention to the specificities of cultural forms, asking how film, painting, music, poetry, and prose fiction respond in their own ways to experiences that might otherwise leave one speechless. Evaluation based on class participation, short writing assignments, presentations, and a final research project.

The above course carries CASE AH Breadth of Inquiry credit and CASE GCC2, Global Civilization & Culture 2 credit.

 HISP-S 412  #12414        2:30P-3:45P      MW    GA 0009    Prof. Patrick Dove

Note:  The above class meets with HISP-S 498 Readings for Honors, #10678.

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