COMP 357
Disease and Identity in Latin American Narratives of Self Fall 2017
Division I Writing Skills Exploring Diversity Initiative
Cross-listed COMP 357 / RLSP 320 / AFR 318
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This course focuses on autobiographical, auto-fictional, and testimonial Latin American works in order to analyze the ways in which the authors narrate the transformation of the body and subjectivity because of disease. The main goal of the course is to emphasize the bio-cultural constructions of disease and read the different texts as geo-culturally located expressions in constant dialogue with prior literary representations of disease. Readings by Severo Sarduy, Reinaldo Arenas, Pedro Lemebel, Mario Bellatin, Fernando Vallejo, and Marta Dillon, among others. We will supplement these readings with texts by non-Latin American authors to provide a “world literature” context where possible, and consider several pertinent theoretical frameworks.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 19
Expected: 15
Class#: 1930
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: active class participation, three 20- to 25-minute oral presentations, short written assignments, and two 10-page papers
Prerequisites: any RLSP 200-level course, or permission of the instructor, or results of the Williams College Placement Exam in Spanish
Enrollment Preferences: none
Distributions: Division I Writing Skills Exploring Diversity Initiative
Notes: meets Division 1 requirement if registration is under RLSP or COMP; meets Division 2 requirement if registration is under AFR
This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
COMP 357 Division I RLSP 320 Division I AFR 318 Division II

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