RLSP 407
Gender, Race and Nature: Ecocritical Examinations of Latin American Culture Fall 2022
Division I Difference, Power, and Equity
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This senior seminar brings an ecocritical focus to the study of Latin American cultural production. We are particularly interested in works of literature and other kinds of cultural texts that critique, subvert, or transcend conventionally Eurocentric and patriarchal conceptualizations of the human and its relation to non-human being. Rhetorical tropes linked to extractivist economic practices and their alternatives will be identified and analyzed over the course of the semester as we sample a wide range of literary and non-literary texts (poetry, narrative prose, essay, film, painting, woodcuts, music, digital media) produced throughout the 20th and 21st centuries. We will also read and discuss writings by leading ecocritics and decolonial theorists including Silvia Rivera Cusicanqui, Eduardo Gudynas, Mary Louise Pratt, Walter Mignolo, and more.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 19
Expected: 10
Class#: 1975
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: Thorough preparation and active class participation, discussion-leading, one 5-7 page paper and one 15-20 page paper as well as a paper proposal, abstract, bibliography, and draft.
Prerequisites: Study abroad, one or more RLSP courses at the 200+ level, or permission of instructor.
Enrollment Preferences: Senior Spanish majors, then other interested students.
Distributions: Division I Difference, Power, and Equity
DPE Notes: This course brings decolonial theory and ecocriticism together in an approach to Latin American cultural production.

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