Course Information

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Note:  400-level undergraduate courses may be taken for graduate credit.

Spanish Graduate Courses

Seminar in Modern Spanish-American Literature: Documenting the Real: Truth, Representation, and the Latin American
Subject associations
SPA 548 / ART 549 / LAS 548

This course focuses on documentation and the returns of the real in Latin American fiction, art, photography, theater, and film that seek to represent, record, or enact the real, social life,and/or the natural world in an accurate, truthful way, and that claim to embody some kind of epistemological or evidentiary truth. We cover a wide range of debates about representation and realism, from nineteenth century non-fiction and the real maravilloso to more recent developments in documentary photography, theater, and film. Readings include texts by Arias, Barthes, Borges, Brecht, Bellatin, Carpentier, Foster, Jaar, Cabrera Infante, and Coutinho.

Gabriela Nouzeilles
Contemporary Iberian Poetry and the Struggle Against Neoliberal Reason
Subject associations
SPA 581

This course delves into poetry's potential as a cultural tool for reconstructing societal bonds. The impact of techno-capitalist development and its market of information has standardized and commodified discourses around different niches of thought, leading to the breakdown of common notions and increased social confrontation. In contrast, poetic language thrives on radical revision, redefinition, and negotiation of established meanings. Exploring modern and contemporary Spanish works and initiatives, we analyze how poetic writing and performance are used to address political issues through collective experimentation.

Natalia Castro Picón
Modernism and the Cuban Revolution: Architecture and Literature
Subject associations
SPA 589

Modern architects flocked to Cuba during the 1950s: Mies, Sert, Neutra, Becket, Harrison & Abramovitz worked in Havana and built a gleaming city of modern towers, which appear as the setting of fictional works by Cabrera Infante, Reinaldo Arenas, Alejo Carpentier, and films by Tomás Gutiérrez Alea, Mikhail Kalatozov and others. After the 1959 Revolution, these modern spaces are re-purposed, re-fashioned and re-worked for use by a socialist government, recalling the Situationist strategy of detournement. How are these spaces read by writers and filmmakers? And how did the Revolution alter their function?

Rubén Gallo

Portuguese Graduate Courses

Fall 2024
Seminar in Theory and Literature: The Illusion of the Individual
Subject associations
POR 550 / LAS 550

From Greek atomism to modern liberalism, the individual has reigned supreme as the organizing principle of meaning. Driven by the rejection of "Western" assumptions, contemporary thought and artistic practice have experimented with forms of collective cognition. The seminar aims to analyze some of these experiments, from the Portuguese-speaking world and beyond, and thus measure whether we are capable of thinking and feeling beyond the prison of the individual, or even without it.

Pedro Meira Monteiro