RCHUMS 334 - Special Topics in the Humanities
Section: 005 Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Julio Cortazar?s Hopscotch
Term: WN 2009
Subject: RC Humanities (RCHUMS)
Department: LSA Residential College
Credits:
3
Requirements & Distribution:
HU
Repeatability:
May be elected twice for credit. May be elected more than once in the same term.
Primary Instructor:

The 1963 novel Rayuela (Hopscotch, in English), by the late Argentine author Julio Cortázar, is one of the major novels of the so-called Boom of Latin American fiction and of twentieth century world literature. Its innovative structure (you can read the text in more than one order) has led some to refer to it as the first hypertext novel. But beyond the novelty of its experimental "hopscotch" structure, Cortázar's famous novel weaves together a number of themes of great relevance to students of Latin America, of modernist literature, and of 20th century art: the relationship between Latin America and Europe, the attempt to give meaning to one's life (and the role of philosophy, literature, art, music, religion, play, love, sex, and politics in that attempt), the problem of how to create more freedom within a given set of circumstances, the relationship between art, music, and literature, the role of improvisation in art and life, and many more. In this course, we will slowly and carefully make our way through this dense but rewarding text, focusing particularly on the many ways through Cortázar sets up and explores the tension between individual freedom and ethical relationships with others. Because of the experimental nature of the novel and its explicit invitation to the reader to collaborate in this experiment, I would like class participants to collaborate with me in inventing experimental ways to approach both the text and the structure of a university course.

RCHUMS 334 - Special Topics in the Humanities
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
P
25956
Open
2
 
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MW 4:00PM - 5:30PM
002 (SEM)
P
26241
Open
12
 
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W 3:00PM - 5:00PM
003 (SEM)
P
28238
Open
3
 
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M 8:00PM - 10:00PM
W 7:00PM - 10:00PM
M 7:00PM - 8:00PM
005 (SEM)
P
28283
Open
5
 
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TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM
006 (SEM)
P
28284
Closed
0
 
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TuTh 11:30AM - 1:00PM
007 (SEM)
P
28491
Open
8
 
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Tu 10:00AM - 1:00PM
Note: Class will meet at the Detroit Center, as part of the Semester in Detroit.
008 (SEM)
P
29017
Open
3
 
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W 1:00PM - 4:00PM
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