ADVANCED LANGUAGE THROUGH CONTENT: Strange Voices in Latin America

Syllabus

This SPAN 3300 course has been designed to promote an intensive exposure to advanced Spanish. Argumentation, narration, description, and exposition, among others, are the primary genres included in the syllabus.

Students will explore the content through readings, academic writing, and oral practice, also focusing on relevant aspects of grammar, discourse, and vocabulary.What is considered “weird” today? Who would be today’s “weirdos”? In 1896, poet Ruben Darío published Los Raros (The Weird Ones): an anthology of outsider and admirable writers from his time. Building on Darío’s disruptive exercise, this section explores Latin American culture from its unusual characters. We will discuss modern and contemporary writers, artists, and filmmakers who have been considered as rare, abnormal or even degenerate. Why has the work of these weird artists been consistently marginalized and even rejected by disciplines and critics? How have the works of these artists been available or omitted to common readers? How do their figures destabilize notions of tradition, national identities, and dominant sexual normativity? How do we establish the norm, as point of departure to identify what is considered different, abnormal, and abject?

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