Spanish and Portuguese | Women & Hispanic Literature
S470 | 26458 | Professor Patrick Dove


HISP-S 470  Women & Hispanic Literature  (3 credits)    LITERATURE
Prerequisite:  S331 and S332 or equivalent

This course examines the role of women in Hispanic letters, as
authors, critics and protagonists of literary works. We will look at
how women have sought to define themselves in the Hispanic world at
various moments in history, either with or against (or both with and
against) the prevailing norms of society. Special consideration will
be paid to questions about voice and writing, body, desire,
sexuality, madness, and debates between essentialism and
constructivism. Does what Helene Cixous calls “feminine writing”
[L’ECRITURE FEMININE] exist in the Spanish and Spanish American
literary traditions? If so, what does it look like and what are its
aims? Works include poetry, short stories and novels, testimonial
writing and a film. Possible authors include Sor Juana de la Cruz,
Manuela Gorriti, María Luisa Bombal, Delmira Agustini, Alejandra
Pizarnik, Nelly Campobello, Elena Poniatowska, Cristina García
(DREAMING IN CUBAN), Carmen Gaite (EL CURARTO DE ATRAS), Griselda
Gambaro, Cristina Peri Rossi, Tomás Eloy Martínez (SANTA EVITA), and
Néstor Perlongher. Secondary readings will include essays on gender,
sexuality, and hysteria by Judith Butler, Helen Cixous, Sigmund
Freud, Elaine Showalter, Luce Irigaray, Julia Kristeva and Josefina
Ludmer. Evaluation based on class participation, short response
papers and a final research project.

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