Transnational Cultures: Spacialities in Latin America

Syllabus

This course discusses the symbolic dimension of space in modern Latin American cultures. Space is not the territory. It is a transaction between national and transnational practices. Artists, writers, film directors, were attracted by the idea of how space could be translated in their own works. We will focus on divergent aesthetics and cultural practices in order to analyze their political implications regarding the spatiality.

Course description:

The course focuses on the cultural representation of the cities in contemporary Hispanic American literature, essays, visual texts and films. The problem of “modernity” and “postmodernity” in a peripheral culture and its relationships with public spaces is in the core of the discussions of all the texts. This course will provide students with an accurate understanding of some of the topics of contemporary Hispanic American culture. The main hypothesis will be that urban narratives articulate the new experiences during changes periods. Students will be introduced to theoretical writing on urban and spatial reflections, modern and postmodern thought and contemporary Hispanic American contexts. We focus on the representation of urban spaces in literary and visual texts, films and essays from Argentina, Mexico, Central America, Cuba and border cities. Students will become familiar with major problems and significant political, social and cultural trends in the contemporary Hispanic American world including topics as elite culture vs. popular culture, practices of resistance, representation of the violence and Otherness. The class will be conducted in Spanish and all written assignments will also be in that language.

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Pre-Requisites

Spanish 1202 or equivalent

Bibliography

- Almandoz, Arturo (ed.). Planning Latin America’s capital cities, 1850-1950. London, Routledge, 2002.

- Augé, Marc. Non Places: An Introduction to Supermodernity. London and New York, Verso, 2009.

- Bolaño, Roberto. 2666. Barcelona, Anagrama, 2008.

- Borchmeyer, Florian and Matthias Hentschler. Habana: el arte nuevo de hacer ruinas. Raros Media, 2006.

- Borges, Jorge Luis. Obras completas. Buenos Aires, Emecé, 1978.

- Dario, Rubén. Viajes de un cosmopolita extremo. Buenos Aires, FCE, 2013.

- de Certeau, Michel. The Practice of Everyday Life. University of California, Press, 2011.

- Gómez Carrillo, Enrique. Ciudades de ensueño. Constantinopla. Jerusalém. Atenas. Madrid/Barcelona, Calpe, 1920.

- Herrera, Yuri. Señales que precederán el fin del mundo. Barcelona, Periférica, 2011.

- Huyssen, Andreas (ed.). Other Cities, Other Worlds: Urban Imaginaries in a Globalizing Age. Durham, Duke University Press, 2008.

- Katchadjian, Pablo. El aleph engordado. Buenos Aires, Imprenta Argentina de Poesía, 2009.

- Lefevre, Henri. The Production of Space. New York, Blackwell, 1992.

- Monárrez Fragoso, Julia Estela y M.S. Tabuenca Córdoba (coord.). Bordeando la violencia contra las mujeres en la frontera norte de México. México, Porrúa, 2007.

- Montenegro, Silvia y Verónica Giménez Béliveau (eds.). La Triple Frontera. Globalización y construcción social del espacio. Buenos Aires, Miño y Dávila editores, 2006.

- Pauls, Alan. La vida descalzo. Buenos Aires, Sudamericana, 2011.

- Pauls, Alan. El factor Borges. Barcelona, Anagrama, 2013.

- Pratt, Mary Louise. Globalización, desmodernización y el retorno de los monstruos. Lima, SIDEA, 2003.

- Quiroga, Horacio. Cuentos selectos. Caracas, Biblioteca Ayacucho, 1993. http://www.bibliotecayacucho.gob.ve/fba/?id=103

- Ravelo, Patricia y Héctor Domínguez Rubalcaba (coord.). Entre las duras aristas de las armas. Violencia y victimización en Ciudad Juárez. México, CIESAS, 2006.

External Resources

- León, Federico. Estrellas. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oPWNX_7dyIs

- Llinás, Mariano. Balnearios. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h5i5R0WYb2c

- López, Marcos. Sub-realismo criollo. http://www.marcoslopez.com/index.php

- Santiago, Hugo. Invasión. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ccUgWFXgYY