SPAN-498 Transatlantic Crossings: Spain & Latin America
Spring for 2015-2016
This course will explore the ways in which the conceptual and real boundaries of nationhood are crossed and confounded in the literature and intellectual history of contemporary Spain and Latin America. Situating Hispanic literature in a multilingual Atlantic world, we will read a variety of texts by Spanish, Catalan, British, and Latin American authors spanning the early 20th through the 21st century. We will also explore the most recent theory and criticism on transatlantic literature and culture, considering such questions as: What are the roles of race, language, and history in constructing or challenging the nation-state? How do literatures from and about Europe, America, and Africa influence and transform each other? Finally, how does Hispanism, as a concept of pan-Latin identity and experience, reaffirm, dismantle, or transfigure the idea of nation, particularly in a transatlantic context? In addition to reading classic texts by Ganivet, Unamuno, Rodó, and Conrad, we will read contemporary novels by Alejo Carpentier, Luz Gabás, Javier Marías, Juan Gabriel Vásquez, and others.
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