Spanish

Daydreaming in Portugal and Brazil

Subject Code: 
ILAC
Course Number: 
175
Description: 

 

This course explores the role of the imagination in 19th and 20th century Portuguese and Brazilian literature. We will read 4-5 novels, short stories and articles analyzing how and why authors recreate imaginary processes in their characters, and what these processes reveal about the socio-cultural contexts of their period. Authors include Raúl Brandão, Machado de Assis, Antonio Lobo Antunes, Raduan Nassar, and Álvaro Cardoso Gomes, with complementary short pieces by Fernando Pessoa, José Saramago, Mario de Andrade, Guimarães Rosa, and Clarice Lispector. Readings available in English and Portuguese. In English.
Instructor: 
Karen Sherwood Sotelino
Term: 
Spr
Academic Year: 
2013-14
Units: 
3-5
Day/Time: 
MW 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Materialism and Literature

Subject Code: 
ILAC
Course Number: 
335
Crosslisted as: 
COMPLIT 335A
Description: 

 

Exploration of vibrant materialism (Bennet, Latour) and historical materialism (critical theory) as a basis to approach Latin American commodity novels, i.e., those that revolve around bananas, coffee, etc. Literary works by J.E. Rivera, García Márquez, Asturias, Neruda, Magnus, and others. Taught in Spanish.
Instructor: 
Héctor Hoyos
Term: 
Win
Academic Year: 
2013-14
Units: 
3-5
Day/Time: 
T 4:15 PM - 7:05 PM

Senior Seminar: Early 20th Century Lyric Poetry (Machado, Jimenez, Lorca)

Subject Code: 
ILAC
Course Number: 
278
Description: 

 

This course will study the development of the donimant trends of early Iberian 20th-century lyric poetry, against the background of Restoration Spain (1875-1930), and the forces of resistance and opposition to its oligarchical and archaic social and political structure. We will concentrate on the major works of the three most important poets: Antonio Machado, Juan Ramon Jimenez, and Federico Garcia Lopez. Symbolist-modernist poetry, the creation of symbolic systems, and the brief appearance of surrealism all define key aspects of this avant-garde during the first two decades. Special attention will be given to close stylistic analysis and to the historical and social conditions out of which arose the progressive intellectual and educational movement that gave rise to this renaissance of brilliant lyric poetry. Taught in English. WIM course.
Instructor: 
Michael Predmore
Term: 
Win
Academic Year: 
2013-14
Units: 
3-5
Day/Time: 
MW 3:15 PM - 4:45 PM

The Millenium Novel in Latin America

Subject Code: 
ILAC
Course Number: 
103N
Description: 

 

Between 2000 and 2012, a young Spanish American novel emerges, taking at times a minimalist point of view to narrate individual stories with a subjective tone, or continuing a tradition of the historical panorama to present national tragedies that occurred in the last two or three decades. Focus is on this new type of novel from different countries, with such titles as "El cuerpo en que nací" by Guadalupe Entel; "Las teorías salvajes" by Pola Oloixarac; "El ruido de las cosas al caer" by Juan Gabriel Vazquez; and "Bonsai" by Alejandro Zambra, among others. Taught in Spanish.
Instructor: 
Jorge Ruffinelli
Term: 
Win
Academic Year: 
2013-14
Units: 
3
Day/Time: 
TTh 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

From Book to Screen: Brazilian Novels and Their Film Adaptations

Subject Code: 
ILAC
Course Number: 
135
Description: 

 

Can the study of cinematographic adaptation of novels help us understand better the specific nature of literature and that of film? Addressing this central question, the course combines an introduction to Brazilian narrative (Euclides Da Cunha, Mário De Andrade, João Guimaraes Rosa, Graciliano Ramos, Rubem Fonseca, Clarice Lispector) and a panorama of Brazilian cinematography (from Cinema Novo to contemporary productions). The course offers a space for reflection on the multifaceted relationship between the literary and the cinematographic. Taught in English.
Instructor: 
Ximena Briceño
Term: 
Win
Academic Year: 
2013-14
Units: 
3-5
Day/Time: 
MW 12:35 PM - 2:05 PM; W 7-9PM

The Cinema of Pedro Almodóvar

Subject Code: 
ILAC
Course Number: 
193
Crosslisted as: 
ILAC 393
Description: 

Pedro Almodóvar is one of the most recognizable auteur directors in the world today. His films express a hybrid and eclectic visual style and the blurring of frontiers between mass and high culture. Special attention is paid to questions of sexuality and the centering of usually marginalized characters. This course studies Pedro Almodóvar's development from his directorial debut to the present, from the "shocking" value of the early films to the award-winning mastery of the later ones. Prerequisite: ability to understand spoken Spanish. Readings in English. Midterm and final paper can be in English. Majors should write in Spanish.

Instructor: 
Joan Ramon Resina
Instructor: 
Lena Tahmassian
Term: 
Win
Academic Year: 
2013-14
Units: 
3-5
Day/Time: 
T 2:15PM-4:05PM; Th 2:15-5:05

First Year Writing Workshop

Subject Code: 
ILAC
Course Number: 
309
Description: 

This course enables students to develop the writing skills necessary in their academic careers. Course topics include writing in the discipline, critiques, and literature reviews.

Instructor: 
Lisa Surwillo
Term: 
Aut
Term: 
Win
Term: 
Spr
Academic Year: 
2013-14
Units: 
1
Day/Time: 
F 10:00 AM - 11:50 AM

Queer Raza

Subject Code: 
ILAC
Course Number: 
287
Crosslisted as: 
CHILATST 120
Crosslisted as: 
FEMGEN 120
Description: 

 

Examination of cultural representations by U.S. Latin@s that explore the following questions: How is the mutual constitution of race/sex/class/gender theorized and represented? How is desire racialized? How is racial difference produced through sex acts and what is the function of sex in racial (self)formation? How to reconcile pleasure and desire with histories of imperialism and (neo)colonialism and other structures of power? How do these texts reinforce or contest stereotypes and the "ideal" bodies of national identity? How do these texts produce queerness as a web of social relations?
Instructor: 
Yvonne Yarbro-Bejarano
Term: 
Aut
Academic Year: 
2013-14
Units: 
3-5
Day/Time: 
M 1:15 PM - 4:05 PM

Borges and Philosophy

Subject Code: 
ILAC
Course Number: 
240E
Description: 

Analysis of the Argentine author's literary renditions of philosophical ideas. Topics may include: time, free will, infinitude, authorship and self, nominalism vs. realism, empiricism vs. idealism, skepticism, peripheral modernities, postmodernism, and Eastern thought. Close reading of short stories, poems, and essays from Labyrinths paired with selections by authors such as Augustine, Berkeley, James, and Lao Tzu. The course will be conducted in English; Spanish originals will be available. Satisfies the capstone seminar requirement for the major in Philosophy and Literature. UG Reqs: GER:DBHum

Instructor: 
Héctor Hoyos
Term: 
Aut
Academic Year: 
2013-14
Units: 
3-5
Day/Time: 
TTh 3:15 PM - 4:45 PM

In the First Person: Representation of the Self in Modern Latin America

Subject Code: 
ILAC
Course Number: 
134
Description: 

This course examines different expressions of self-portrayal in Latin America from 1920s to the present. The course explores different models of self-shaping and forms of expression that draw contourns on self and identity in Latin America. After a brief consideration of the Inca Garcilaso, Sor Juana, J.F. Sarmiento, we examine the works of José Vasconcelos, Norah Lange, Victoria Ocampo, Frida Kahlo, José María Arguedas, Rosario Castellanos, Mario Bellatin, Tununa Mercado, Marcela Trujillo, Fernando Vallejo, among others. Taught in Spanish; Spanish proficiency required.

Instructor: 
Ximena Briceño
Term: 
Aut
Academic Year: 
2013-14
Units: 
3-5
Day/Time: 
MW 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
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