SPANISH 373 - Topics in Hispanic Studies
Summer 2021, Section 201 - Looking Awry at the Spanish Movida: Mania, Memory, Messy Democracy
Instruction Mode: Section 201 is  Online (see other Sections below)
Subject: Spanish (SPANISH)
Department: LSA Romance Languages & Literatures
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Requirements & Distribution:
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With permission of instructor.
Enforced Prerequisites:
SPANISH 275, 276, or SPANISH 277; or SPANISH 278 (or 290) or AMCULT 224 or LATINOAM 224; or RCLANG 324.
May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit(s). May be elected more than once in the same term.
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The Movida, that countercultural artistic movement originating in Madrid and immediately following the transition to democracy, lasted into the 1980s. In addition to the explosion of creativity, manic energy, and seedy activity, aspects of the Movida have also become linked to political disillusionment. This course will propose various “sideways views” to consider this movement’s often contradictory faces: from the activism that resides within apathy, to the melancholy masked by mania, to overindulgence as a symptom of economic scarcity. As the title suggests, we will spend our time with visual material, including films, fanzines, comics, photographs, and paintings. We will also listen to some of the era’s punk and New Wave music in addition to reading a bit of poetry and a short novel or two. Throughout the term, we will focus on the uncertainty, the frustration, and the possibility for justice that the democratic promise entails.

This course counts as elective credit for the Spanish minor.

Class Format:

Course instruction is remote and synchronous. Enrolled students are expected to be available remotely during all scheduled class times.


SPANISH 373 - Topics in Hispanic Studies
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201 (REC)
TuTh 1:00PM - 4:00PM
Note: Course instruction is remote and synchronous. Enrolled students are expected to be available remotely during all scheduled class times.

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