SPAN 390 - Topics in Latin American Culture and Literature
Planned Offering: Spring
Prerequisite: One 200-level Spanish course and instructor consent. This course offers students the opportunity to further their knowledge of the culture and literature of a specific Latin American country, and their awareness of Latin America in general, through the study of special cultural and literary topics. Readings, discussions, and assignments occur primarily in Spanish. May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different. (HL) Staff.
Spring 2013 topic:
SPAN 390: Topics in Latin American Culture and Literature: La representación de la familia en el teatro y performance argentinos (4): This course analyzes the representation of the family in three different historical, ideological, economic, and cultural contexts in Argentina, starting at the end of the 1960s and culminating in the first years of the 21st century. We examine the ways in which discourses of power within family dynamics were strategically used by theater practitioners (playwrights and theater groups) to serve diverse purposes ranging from avoiding censorship during the years of political violence, to criticizing neoliberal economic agendas and social complacency. To that aim, the course is structured in three thematic units: the Independent Theater and the political turmoil of the 1970s; confronting the economic crisis of 2001; and dealing with the re-emergence of human rights in the cultural agenda. Botta.
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