Literature + Theory = Revolution: The uses of Theory in Latin American Cultures

Syllabus

This course focuses on how the theoretical thought has been a key discourse and practice in arts and culture since the early twentieth century. Not a simple academic category, “theory” was conceived as part of political practice. Throughout the uses of theory, much of the most experimental writers explore the idea of revolution and the links between politics and aesthetics. "Theory" was an essential part of the reflection on Avant-garde and the political dimension of aesthetics. In Latin America, cultural practices (literature, films, arts) were and are interconnected with the uses of theory as a political tool.

Because the topic is part of the modern tradition in Latin American culture, the course will revisit its genealogy and update the theoretical reflection on key categories as “autonomy”, “art and politics”, and “modernity.” The course will discuss Latin American works from the 20´s to contemporary production focuses on the links between culture and politics.

In Latin American culture this relationship was elusive but crucial during modernity. The course necessary will review both aspects: the theoretical reflection and the new works. From Macedonio Fernández, César Vallejo, and Borges to Glauber Rocha, Severo Sarduy, José Revueltas, José María Arguedas, Ricardo Piglia, Néstor Perlongher, among other, we will discuss the constellation of problems around aesthetics, modernity, avant-garde, representation, revolution, politics, materiality, and immateriality in Art, mimesis and institutions, artists and intellectuals.

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