Spanish and Portuguese | Themes in Hispanic Literature
S761 | 4340 | A. Mejías-López


Professor Alejandro Mejías-López
email: amejiasl@indiana.edu


S761	Seminar: Themes in Hispanic Literature
	Topic: Global/Local Power: The Politics of Knowledge and
Space in Contemporary Latin American Literature and Culture

T  5:30pm – 8:00pm/section #4340/Authorize/3 cr./Ballantine Hall 011


This course will focus on two distant but related moments of
contemporary Spanish American literary and cultural history:  1880-
1930 (especially 'modernismo' and 'regionalismo') and 1980-2003
(particularly indigenous movements and Generation X – also know
as “generación de McOndo” or “post-post-boom”).  The class will
explore the intersections of power, space, knowledge and
representation at the beginning and end of the 20th century.  Some
of the issues that will be addressed are: culture and (neo)
liberalism, national and transnational identities, travel and
migrations, ecology, and urban space.

This course will be conducted entirely in Spanish.  Assignments will
include a presentation and a final paper.   Materials studied will
include:

Texts:
'Modernista' poetry, fiction, 'crónicas', magazines, literary
journals, and travel narratives by authors such as Rubén Darío, José
Martí, Leopoldo Lugones and Horacio Quiroga
José Eustasio Rivera: "La vorágine"
Burgos/Menchú:  "Me llamo Rigoberta Menchú y así me nació la
conciencia"
Alberto Fuguet and Sergio Gomez: "McOndo"
Alberto Fuguet: "Mala onda"
Karla Suárez:  "Silencios"

Films:
Alejandro González Iñarritu: "Amores Perros"
Alberto Aristarain: "Un lugar en el mundo"
Documentary films