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Spring 2015

SPN 532 Latin American Queer

This course surveys the development of queer practices and representations in Latin America from the early 20th century to today. We will analyze normative models of kinship relations, gender roles and sexualities, and the multiple forms of resistance and deviation from those norms that have shaped a specifically Latin American Queer. Readings will be drawn from juridical and hygienic texts, literature, film, and more recent theoretical interventions.

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HUS 254 Latin America Today

This course proposes to study the events of today by tracing the social, political and economic structures of the past. On the one hand, the region under study is comprised of a dramatic variety of cultures, geographies and politics. On the other, it shares a history of colonization from “discovery” to independence to modernity based on its particular geographic and historical location. In order to interrogate this conjunction, we will pay special attention to the social groups that are often marginalized from the pages of “the official history”: Indigenous communities, Afro-Latin organizations, gay, lesbian, and trans activism, immigrant groups. We will pay special attention the discourses of belonging and (dis)identification that mark their relationships with the region, as well as the ways in which “Latin” America becomes a concept in relationship with these groups in the context of globalization. Thus, race, class, gender, sexuality, and coloniality are some of the central concepts that we will utilize; we will draw on historical, journalistic, artistic, and literary works that help us theorize not simply what Latin America is, but why it is, and how it has become that.

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Fall 2014

SPN 311 Spanish Conversation & Composition

This course is designed to develop students’ communicative abilities in Spanish as well as their knowledge of Hispanic cultures and societies. Students will practice communication through speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Classroom activities are highly interactive and focus on oral communication and written proficiency. For this reason, students will not be required to take a traditional exam but rather demonstrate their communicative abilities through class discussions, collaborative projects, and a series of written activities.

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HUS 271 United States Latino Literature and Culture

In this course we will examine literary and cultural production that express some of the fundamental social, political, and ideological issues affecting Latino populations in the US. In particular, we will analyze poetry, essays, the novel, short stories, film, and contemporary social media including blogs, Facebook, and Twitter. We will discuss what it means to be Latino/a, what historical and geographically specific differences there are between different types of Latinos/as, and ultimately, what might the problems and possibilities be for such a concept. We will briefly historicize the relationship between early Spanish/Hispanic immigrants to the US, and then focus on the second half of the 20th century to today. We will explore the principal genealogies of Latino/a literatures, cultural context and diasporas, as well as the role of gender, sexuality, race, and class in the formation of individual and collective identities in the US.

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Spring 2014

SPN 662 19th-Century Spanish American Literature
Queer fin de siglo: Modernity, Sexuality, and Gender in the Southern Cone (1880-1910)

This seminar examines cultural discourses of modernity, sexuality and gender of the fin de siglo (1880-1910) in the Southern Cone (Argentina, Chile, and Uruguay). During this period literary works, sociological and psychological texts, and pedagogical treatises worried over sexual ‘inversion’, cultural decadence, and a failed Liberal utopia. Meanwhile, new aesthetic proposals, modernismo, challenged naturalist somatic interests, as revisionist histories sought to rehabilitate old villains. We will approach the intersecting discourses of cultural malaise and renovation by engaging queer theory, kinship studies, intellectual history and literary criticism, paying special attention to the ways in which national interests collide with the expression of queer desires, affects, and eroticisms.

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SPN 396 Introduction to Spanish-American Literature II

In this course we will survey a wide range of texts that express some of the fundamental cultural, political, and ideological issues affecting Spanish America. We will take examples from the independence period at the beginning of the 19th century to today in order to comprehend the heterogeneous space that we today call “Spanish America”. In particular, we will analyze poetry, essays, the novel, and short stories, in addition to personal writing like the diary; discuss the development of national literary traditions and the relationship between artistic expression and politics. We will emphasize the relationship between overarching historical periods, but also pay close attention to regional specificities, as well as the role of gender, sexuality, race, and class in the formation of individual and collective identities.

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Fall 2013

SPN 435 Cosmic Blood: Scientific Discourses in Spanish American Prose

This course investigates the role of scientific discourses in the prose (fiction and essays) of contemporary Spanish America. The texts we will read intervene in the public debates regarding the modernization of the Hispanic nations in the 19th century and early 20th centuries and oftentimes provide a ‘diagnosis’ to a perceived cultural or racial ‘malaise’. The central aim of this course is to familiarize students with the canonical texts that deeply influenced political, social, and intellectual movements of this period and to provide a critical framework with which to understand these debates in context. The role of ‘blood’ as a racial and cultural marker and the ‘cosmic’ identification of a people will be central themes that guide our analysis of the literary and cultural texts that sought to bring Latin America into a new era of science, order and progress.

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SPN 311 Spanish Conversation & Composition

This course is designed to develop students’ communicative abilities in Spanish as well as their knowledge of Hispanic cultures and societies. Students will practice communication through speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Classroom activities are highly interactive and focus on oral communication and written proficiency. For this reason, students will not be required to take a traditional exam but rather demonstrate their communicative abilities through class discussions, collaborative projects, and a series of written activities.

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