RCLANG 324 - Readings in Spanish
Section: 001 Women Writers in Latin America
Term: FA 2010
Subject: RC Languages (RCLANG)
Department: LSA Residential College
Course Note:
Residential College students have registration priority. Interested non-RC students should contact the instructor or the program head, Olga Lopez-Cotin (olcotin@umich.edu). Prerequisites: RC proficiency or successful completion of SPANISH 275 and 276.
Credits:
4
Consent:
With permission of instructor.
Advisory Prerequisites:
Proficiency test. Permission of instructor.
Repeatability:
May be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

How did women start to write and shape writing in Latin America? How did their definition of home evolve from domestic enclosure to political signifier? This course introduces different constructions of the female subject within the physical and metaphoric spaces depicted by 20th century Latin American women writers. We initially focus on the home as a conventional repository of the female identity and refuge from an external world perceived as hostile, and explore 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 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, and the 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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20041
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15RC Ugrd
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MTuTh 12:00PM - 1:00PM
002 (SEM)
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20043
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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
003 (SEM)
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42183
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MWF 10:00AM - 11:00AM
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