RCLANG 324 - Readings in Spanish
Section: 001 Women Writers in Latin America
Term: FA 2008
Subject: RC Languages (RCLANG)
Department: LSA Residential College
Credits:
4
Consent:
With permission of instructor.
Advisory Prerequisites:
Proficiency test. Permission of instructor.
Repeatability:
May be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

This course is an introduction to different constructions of the female subject in relation to the physical, and metaphoric spaces depicted by several Latin American women writers. The first part of the course focuses on the home as a conventional repository of the female identity and refuge from an external world perceived as hostile, and explores how writers have subverted this public/private duality to create multiple meanings: the physical and psychological barriers of the bourgeoisie home, the discovery of eroticism and desire in natural spaces, the celebration of love in the margins of the asylum. In the latter part of the course, we will focus on several geographical areas in Latin America to explore how women writers have defied institutional violence: race and class conflicts in the Caribbean, social unbalance generated by poverty in Central America, and the Southern Cone military dictatorships. These social conflicts have brought along a redefinition of the home as a fragmented and dispersed space by the absence of those disappeared; the disorder of objects and daily gestures; the imprisonment and sexual/political violence exerted on the female body. Along with some theoretical reflections on the notion of space and discussion of the specific historical processes, we will read essays, fiction and poems by María Luisa Bombal, Diamela Eltit, Nancy Morejón, Rosario Ferré, Claribel Alegría, Luisa Valenzuela, Cristina Peri Rossi, and others.

RCLANG 324 - Readings in Spanish
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
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15361
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15RC Ugrd
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MTuTh 12:00PM - 1:00PM
002 (SEM)
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15362
Closed
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15RC Ugrd
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MTuTh 1:00PM - 2:00PM
Note: Understanding Globalization: New and Old Relations Between USA and Latin America
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