Comparative Literature | Introduction to Popular Culture
C155 | 1171 | --
Topic: Chocolate, cinnamon or vanilla? Women as seen in literature and
film of the Americas
Julia Pulk 9:05-9:55 MWF BH 231
*Satisfies COAS Requirements for AHLA*
This course will explore the representation of female characters in works
from Spanish and Portuguese speaking countries in Latin America and from
the United States. In the works we will study, many of the authors play
with the notion of consumption, in the many senses of the word, of women.
In the representation of women of color, the idea of consumption becomes
quite literal as they are described physically by terms such as
"cafi-con-leche" and "cinnamon skinned". We will read a variety of works
by both male and female authors to explore issues of representation,
authority and authorship. Is there a pattern apparent in the Americas?
Among male versus female authors? Do these patterns become more
noticeable when a written work is preconceived for film? Among the works
to be studied are selections from Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher
Stowe, The Edible Woman by Margaret Atwood, Passing by Nella Larsen, Like
Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel, A Brazilian Tenement by Aluizio
Azevedo, Gabriela: Clove and Cinnamon by Jorge Amado, "Erendira"by Gabriel
Garcma Marquez, "Imitation of Life" and "West Side Story".
Students will be expected to write at least three critical essays (3-5
pages) and take a midterm and a final. Knowledge of Spanish and
Portuguese are not required.