Spanish and Portuguese | Hispanic Literature & Society
S474 | 25806 | Prof. Alejandro Mejías-López
HISP-S 474 Hispanic Literature & Society (3 credits) LITERATURE
Prerequisite: S331 and S332 or equivalent.
Topic: Writing (in) the city: contemporary literature and urban
space in Latin America and Spain.
From the last decades of the 19th century to the present, both Latin
America and Spain have undergone a dramatic process of urban
transformation and growth and many of their cities have gone from
sleepy towns to highly populated and sophisticated cosmopolitan
capitals. In this course, we will study how the city has shaped
literary and cultural production and how, in turn, literature and
other cultural texts have imagined, shaped, and reshaped urban
spaces during the past two centuries. We will center our discussion
on concrete case studies: Buenos Aires, Santiago, México DF, and
Madrid. From the great urban narratives of 19th century realism to
current postmodern and fragmented views of the “global city,” works
discussed in class may include literary texts by Blest Gana,
Cambaceres, Galdós, Valenzuela, Eltit, Fuguet, and Muñoz Molina;
films such as EL CALLEJON DE LOS MILAGROS, AMORES PERROS, CARNE
TREMULA, and EL MISMO AMOR, LA MISMA LLUVIA; and theoretical essays
by Rama, De Certeau, García Canclini, and Soja.
Class attendance and participation are essential requirements for
this course. Assignments may include one in-class presentation,
short papers, and a final paper. The course will be conducted
entirely in Spanish.
HISP-S 474 #25806 4:00P-5:15P TR Room=TBA
Prof. Alejandro Mejías-López
Note: Above section meets jointly with HISP-S 498 Honors.