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RLSP 216
Latin American Environmental Literature and Cultural Production Spring 2021
Division I Difference, Power, and Equity
Cross-listed RLSP 216 / ENVI 233

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This course explores a wide array of eco-cultural texts from Latin America. Our readings begin with the Europeans’ first arrival and end with the crisis of mass extinction and anthropogenic climate change today. In between we will consider an eclectic mix of styles and genres, including letters, travel diaries, poetry, essays, prose fiction and speeches produced by a varied group of cultural agents. We will examine classic texts by canonical figures (José Martí’s “Our América,” the Popol vuh), which take on new meaning in the current context, as well as some little-known gems of ecological consciousness. Readings and discussion will trace connections between ecological cultures and the region’s long and multi-layered history of colonial. Conducted in English.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 19
Expected: 15
Class#: 5608
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: Students will write and revise three formal essays over the course of the semester. There will also be shorter written assignments and occasional discussion-leading.
Prerequisites: None.
Enrollment Preferences: Preference given to students majoring in Spanish or Environmental Studies.
Distributions: Division I Difference, Power, and Equity
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
RLSP 216 Division I ENVI 233 Division I
DPE Notes: This course meets the goals of the DPE requirement in that it focalizes the current environmental crisis through the long history of political, economic and cultural struggles in. We examine the genealogies of environmental culture in Latin America, tracing ecofeminism, for example, through generations of Latin American writers. We also examine the phenomenon of creolization and its relationship to the environmental cultures of Latin America's originary peoples.
Attributes: ENVI Humanities, Arts + Social Science Electives

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