SPANISH 430 - Advanced Studies in Hispanic Culture and Society
Section: 201 Nature, Politics, and Narration in Latin America
Term: SU 2010
Subject: Spanish (SPANISH)
Department: LSA Romance Languages & Literatures
Course Note:
A student who misses either of the first two meetings of any course offered by the Department of Romance Languages may be dropped from the course for non-attendance. This course will count as literature credit.
Waitlist Capacity:
With permission of department.
Enforced Prerequisites:
Three courses in SPANISH 300 or above (excluding 308); or two RCLANG 324 courses and two courses in SPANISH 300 or above (excluding 308).
May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit(s). May be elected more than once in the same term.
Primary Instructor:

What do we talk about when we talk about nature? Is nature a given or is it an abstract reality we fabricate? How does nature relate to politics? This class will focus on the interplay between images and ideologies of nature, political practices, and narrative strategies in the context of contemporary Latin American literary and cultural production. We will explore and question such commonplace dichotomies as nature/culture, civilization/barbarism, human/non-human, modern/primitive, reason/instincts, order/chaos, etc. We will examine the relation between the natural and the political, the way ideas of nature have been invoked in order to define the social order or to dismantle it, and the role played by narration in tying these two realms. We will read texts, novels, essays, short stories, and watch films from/about the Amazon rainforest, the Southern Cone, and Central America, along with some critical readings by philosophers and cultural theorists.

Readings will be in Spanish and English. Class discussion and writing assignments will be in Spanish.

SPANISH 430 - Advanced Studies in Hispanic Culture and Society
Schedule Listing
201 (LEC)
4LSA Span & RLL Maj, Span Min
7LSA Span & RLL Maj
TuTh 1:00PM - 4:00PM
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