RCLANG 324 - Readings in Spanish
Section: 004 Women, Words and Images: Literary and Visual Dialogues on Gender in Latin America
Term: WN 2018
Subject: RC Languages (RCLANG)
Department: LSA Residential College
Credits:
4
Consent:
With permission of instructor.
Advisory Prerequisites:
Proficiency test.
Repeatability:
May be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

This course explores the emergence of female expressions in literature and the visual arts throughout the 20th and 21st centuries as an evolving dialogue on culture, gender and power. As a departure, we focus on the home as a conventional repository of the female identity and refuge from an external world perceived as hostile, and then explore how writers and artists 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 unconscious, and the celebration of love in the margins of the asylum. We later focus on several geographical areas in Latin America to explore how literature and art have defied institutional and social violence: race and class conflicts in the Caribbean, social unbalance generated by poverty in Central America, the Southern Cone military dictatorships, and the impact of democracies in reshaping women’s rights and agency. These social conflicts 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 imprisonment and domestic/political violence exerted on the female body. But they also have facilitated the irreversible presence of women in their national histories, a shared space for creativity and hope.

Course Requirements:

Daily class attendance is required. Students write three academic essays and weekly entries in journals or blogs, and prepare at least one formal presentation. Active participation in daily discussion is expected.

Intended Audience:

Enrollment priority is given to RC students who have successfully passed the Spanish Proficiency Exam the previous term. Both RC and all other U-M students can take more than one Readings seminar for credit.

Class Format:

The course meets two times a week and is structured as a seminar with ample discussion among its participants.

RCLANG 324 - Readings in Spanish
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TuTh 11:30AM - 1:00PM
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13627
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TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM
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13628
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TuTh 2:30PM - 4:00PM
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21262
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