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SPAN 319 A: Mexican Literature

Heroic Genealogies or Unsettling Ghosts in Modern Mexican Literature

Meeting Time: 
MW 1:30pm - 3:20pm
Location: 
THO 325
SLN: 
21955
Instructor:
Judith Villanueva Chavez

Syllabus Description:

Span 319 

Heroic Genealogies or Unsettling Ghosts in Modern Mexican Literature

After the Mexican Revolution, intellectuals were concerned with defining a Mexican national identity and its relationship to the cultural centers of Paris, the United States and Madrid. These intellectuals often claimed that this unequal relationship produced backwardness, underdevelopment and dependency. This explains, in part, the interest in rescuing and appropriating the perceived spiritual richness of pre-conquest Mexico. While these attempts at understanding and defining Mexican identity proved that identity to be highly elusive, they did create an imaginary presence that had a great influence on Mexican arts, literature and politics. At the same time, dialogue with European avant-gardes- especially surrealism- were a significant factor in this period. Through our analysis of theater, poetry, essays and short stories, we will look at how Mexican Literature after the 1950’s is haunted by this complex and conflictual cultural climate. Readings may include authors such as Elena Poniatowska, Elena Garro, Juan Rulfo, Carlos Fuentes, Sabina Berman and Octavio Paz.

Prerequisite: either SPAN 301, SPAN 302, SPAN 303, 310, SPAN 314, SPAN 315, SPAN 316, or SPAN 330.

Additional Details:

After the Mexican Revolution, intellectuals were concerned with defining a Mexican national identity and its relationship to the cultural centers of Paris, the United States and Madrid. These intellectuals often claimed that this unequal relationship produced backwardness, underdevelopment and dependency. This explains, in part, the interest in rescuing and appropriating the perceived spiritual richness of pre-conquest Mexico. While these attempts at understanding and defining Mexican identity proved that identity to be highly elusive, they did create an imaginary presence that had a great influence on Mexican arts, literature and politics. Through our analysis of theater, poetry, essays and short stories, we will look at how Mexican Literature after the 1950’s is haunted by this complex and conflictual cultural climate.  Readings may include authors such as Elena Poniatowska, Elena Garro, Juan Rulfo, Carlos Fuentes, Sabina Berman and Octavio Paz.

Catalog Description: 
Analysis of selected works of Mexican literature from the second half of the twentieth century: short stories, poetry, essay, and theatre. Focus on issues such as nationalism and national identity, gender, ethnicity, dependent development, and globalization. Prerequisite: either SPAN 301, SPAN 302, SPAN 303, 310, SPAN 314, SPAN 315, SPAN 316, or SPAN 330. Instructors: Witte
GE Requirements: 
Diversity (DIV)
Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts (VLPA)
Credits: 
3.0
Status: 
Active
Last updated: 
August 2, 2019 - 9:19pm
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