WGSS 275
Women's Contemporary Cultural Production in Latin America Spring 2019
Division II Writing Skills Difference, Power, and Equity
Cross-listed COMP 286 / WGSS 275 / RLSP 274
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In Latin America, women have been largely displaced as historical subjects and reduced, in many ways, to symbolic figures or icons whose trajectories have been depicted as essential to the construction of diverse social projects within the context of patriarchal nation-states. Each country has formed a specific idea of what a woman is, and can be, through its cultural production, and this constant erasure/objectification has led to a complex problematic when it comes to addressing women as cultural producers. Keeping this in mind, in this course we will explore the concept of “Woman” as a representation and women as cultural producers in contemporary Latin America. We will address intersections of race/ethnic positioning, sexual identity, and social class to explore their role in the reception and understanding of the work of these female artists. Through the analysis of varied cultural production, the syllabus will present an interdisciplinary approach to the contributions of female artists to the cultural representation of race/ethnicity, masculinity, femininity, violence, sexuality, gender identity, nationalism, citizenship, and social movements. We will explore the work of artists such as Sara Castrejón, Nahui Ollin, Citlali Fabián, Amparo Dávila, Alejandra Pizarnik, Rosario Castellanos, Reina Roffé, Ana Tijoux, Lucrecia Martel, Chavela Vargas, Graciela Iturbide, Celia Cruz, Lucía Puenzo, Cecilia Barriga, Cristina Rivera Garza, María Novaro, Cristina Peri Rossi, Maruch Sántiz Gómez, Leonora Carrington, and Maris Bustamante, among others. In addition, we will read theoretical texts on diverse subjects corresponding to each specific cultural product. .
The Class: Format: lecture
Limit: 19
Expected: 15
Class#: 4054
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: essays (7-8 pages), weekly written reports, oral presentation, active and engaged class participation
Prerequisites: Spanish 105, placement exam results, permission of instructor or Department Chair
Enrollment Preferences: Spanish majors and certificate students, current and potential; LATS concentrators
Distributions: Division II Writing Skills Difference, Power, and Equity
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
COMP 286 Division I WGSS 275 Division I RLSP 274 Division I
DPE Notes: We will address issues of racial/ethnic positioning, sexuality, gender identity, and social class in light of diverse human experiences in contemporary cultural production in Latin America.
Attributes: LATS Countries of Origin + Transnationalism Elect

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