RCLANG 324 - Readings in Spanish
Section: 003 Latin American Literature Beyond Identity
Term: FA 2007
Subject: RC Languages (RCLANG)
Department: LSA Residential College
With permission of instructor.
Advisory Prerequisites:
Proficiency test. permission of instructor.
May be repeated for credit.
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This course explores how literature engages with and disrupts the static categories with which society classifies mutable and complex individuals. All too often Latin American literature is paired, in the U.S. and now the globalized publishing marketplace, with a set of expectations about a putative “Latin American identity”: whether composed of hot-blooded salsa-dancing delinquents who laze around all day and deal drugs all night, or levitating grandmothers who nobly express themselves through baking in the middle of the magical rainforest, Latin American literature’s reception in the world canon has always been in terms of such a representation of identities.

The history of Latin American literature has been narrated — everywhere but in Latin America — as a search for such an identity; however, as we shall see, a closer look at some classic texts of 20th-century Latin American literature reveals a tendency within such canonical works to dissolve the very foundations upon which identities are constructed and to explore the powers that are unleashed when such restrictive, fixed identities are dismantled.

RCLANG 324 - Readings in Spanish
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
13RC Ugrd
MTuTh 12:00PM - 1:00PM
002 (SEM)
14RC Ugrd
MTuTh 1:00PM - 2:00PM
Note: Understanding Globalization: New and Old Relations Between USA and Latin America
003 (SEM)
15RC Ugrd
MWF 11:00AM - 12:00PM
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