The main course in this FIG, Spanish 224: “Introduction to Hispanic Literatures,” will focus on the treatment and representation of gender in Hispanic literary texts. While speaking Spanish, we will examine the way that male and female roles, as well as machismo and marianismo, have been portrayed in a variety of literary genres, such as poetry (from epic to modern feminist poems), short stories, novels, plays, and in cinema.
Iconic figures such as the seducer Don Juan, an imaginary Don Quijote’s ideal female Dulcinea, as well as sexually provocative and ambiguous characters from Pedro Almodovar’s films will be discussed. We will study, compare and contrast both Spanish and Latin American literary traditions populated by mermaids, amazons, and other “magical” females such as One Hundred Years of Solitude’s Remedios, the beauty who ascended heavenward clutching two bed sheets.
— You will have the opportunity to think critically about the power relations that affect the lives of diverse women in the United States — diverse in race, class, ability, sexuality, and other markers of power — and will be asked to contemplate the positions of diverse women from around the world. The class focuses on gender and race as key social attributes which shape people’s lives around the world.
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