Spanish and Portuguese | Spanish America: The Cultural Context
S412 | 23142 | Professor Patrick Dove

HISP-S 412  Spanish America: The Cultural Context   (3 credits)
Prerequisite: S275 or equivalent for those students who matriculated
prior to Fall 2001.
S331 or equivalent for those students who matriculated Fall 2001 or

“Representation and Violence in Spanish America”

In this course we will examine various forms of cultural production
in the context of institutionalized violence in Spanish America, and
will ask how these forms of representation convey or intervene in
structures of political repression, economic domination and
psychological abjection. Course material will be selected from three
geographic and historical contexts: the 1959 Cuban Revolution, the
Southern Cone military dictatorships of the 1960’s, 70’s and 80’s,
and the contemporary drug wars in the Andes and along the Mexican-US
border. Cultural texts will include films, music, photographic
displays, paintings, short stories, and two short or medium-length
novels. We will pay especially close attention to the specificities
of genre, asking how it is that film, painting, music, and fiction
respond in their own ways to experiences of violence. Evaluation
based on class participation, short writing assignments, and a final

HISP-S 412 #23142  2:30P-3:20P  MWF  Room=TBA   Prof. Patrick Dove
Note:  This course carries culture studies credit.