SPANISH 473 - Colonial/Postcolonial Studies in Latin-American Cultures
Section: 001 Colonial Discourse and Postcolonial Theory
Term: FA 2018
Subject: Spanish (SPANISH)
Department: LSA Romance Languages & Literatures
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With permission of department.
Enforced Prerequisites:
Nine credits chosen between SPANISH 279 and 399; or two RCLANG 324 and six credits chosen between SPANISH 279 and 399.
May not be repeated for credit.
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One of the goals of this course is to explore the limitations of Postcolonial theory as a tool to understand or make sense of Latin American culture and society. We will read authors like Edward Said, Homi Bhabha, Ngugi Wa Thiongo, Aimee Cesaire and many other Postcolonial critics. Most of these authors elaborated their theoretical apparatuses from the perspective of subjects who had broken the colonial ties to empires such as the British and French ones. At the same time, we will read some canonical Latin American literary works and will watch some Latin American films in order to test the explanatory power of the aforementioned Postcolonial critics. Parallel to these readings we will study some Latin American critics such as Hugo Achugar, Angel Rama and Nestor Garcia Canclini, whose theoretical frameworks are originated in the framework of decolonization that Latin American independent republics have been developing for the last 175 years, in order to see how their approaches differ from the ones practiced by Postcolonial authors.

Through the comparison of these different types of texts we will be able to assess the explanatory power of Postcolonial theory as well as its limitations for the study of Latin America. We will also be able to evaluate the methods and theories generated by Latin Americanists, not only from Latin America, but also from the US academic world.

This course counts as literature credit toward the Spanish minor.

SPANISH 473 - Colonial/Postcolonial Studies in Latin-American Cultures
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TuTh 2:30PM - 4:00PM
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ISBN: 1317716787
Literatura hispanoamericana : una antologi?a, Publisher: Routledge, Taylor and Francis 2013
ISBN: 1317325230
Colonial discourse and post-colonial theory : a reader
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