ROMLANG 498 - Senior Seminar in Romance Languages and Literatures
Section: 001 The Culture of Revolution and the Revolution of Culture
Term: FA 2017
Subject: Romance Languages and Literatures (ROMLANG)
Department: LSA Romance Languages & Literatures
With permission of instructor.
Enforced Prerequisites:
RLL concentrators and senior standing.
Other Course Info:
Continuing Course. Y grade can be reported at end of the first-term to indicate work in progress. At the end of the second term, the final grade is posted for both term's elections.
May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit(s).
Rackham Information:
Rackham credit requires additional work.
Primary Instructor:

"We believe that the supreme task of art in our epoch is to take part actively and consciously in the preparation of the revolution." - André Breton, Diego Rivera, and Leon Trotsky, Manifesto for an Independent Revolutionary Art (1938)

"The Martiniquan revolution will be made in the name of bread, of course; but also in the name of fresh air and poetry (which comes to the same thing)." - Aimé Césaire, Panorama (1941)

"The conscious, organized struggle undertaken by a colonized people … constitutes the greatest cultural manifestation that exists." - Frantz Fanon, The Wretched of the Earth (1961)

This course will explore two parallel series of questions:

1) What is the role of culture in revolution? Does culture reflect its time like a mirror or can it also shape its time like a hammer? Does culture give expression to latent dreams and desires not yet realized? Can culture prefigure another world, another system of material relations, or another way of being? Can writing poetry, creating art, or filming a documentary constitute a revolutionary act?

2) What is the role of revolution in culture? How do revolutions inspire cultural expression or even make possible new forms of cultural expression? How do revolutions challenge or transform existing cultural institutions? Do revolutions contribute to constructing new cultural institutions? Can revolution itself be considered a cultural manifestation?

To address these questions, we will pair major revolutionary events of the twentieth century with key theoretical essays and/or cultural production (literature, art, film).

Class Format:

This course will be conducted in English. All texts will be available in the original language (French, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish) and in English translation.

ROMLANG 498 - Senior Seminar in Romance Languages and Literatures
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001 (SEM)
TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM
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