SPANISH 423 - Visual Cultures in the Hispanic World
Section: 001 Shooting Pictures: Photography in Latin America
Term: FA 2018
Subject: Spanish (SPANISH)
Department: LSA Romance Languages & Literatures
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Enforced Prerequisites:
Nine credits chosen between SPANISH 279 and 399; or two RCLANG 324 and six credits chosen between SPANISH 279 and 399.
May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit(s). May be elected more than once in the same term.
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This course will survey the history and theory of photography in Latin America from its beginnings in the early nineteenth century to the present. Starting from the turn of the century’s explosion of photographic material— snapshots, stereoviews, illustrated books—the class will explore the relationship between photography and power in post-independence Latin America. The class will read and analyze texts from a range of critical perspectives in order to consider the ways in which photography was used as a tool to establish national, racial, and cultural identities in the context of imperialism, as well as postcolonial responses to these images. Students will come to understand the intersection of photography, visuality and power in the context of Latin America.

Each week, the class will consider a provocative and general consideration of photography alongside a case study from Latin America in order to study the stylistic shifts in photography and the relation of subject matter to the social and cultural concerns at specific moments in history. Throughout the semester, students will work with a photographic archive and develop a final research project based on this archive. Some of the themes to be explored include photography’s relation to problems concerning ethnography, tourism, memory, archive, portraiture, identity, race, sexuality, realism, journalism, surveillance, fantasy and photoshop.

This course counts as elective credit for the Spanish minor,

SPANISH 423 - Visual Cultures in the Hispanic World
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001 (REC)
MW 4:00PM - 5:30PM
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