SPAN 076. Identidades en el siglo XXI
This class will focus on 21st century Latin American literature from a humanist perspective with the goal of analyzing the most fundamental question we can ask ourselves: Who am I?
We will read truly exciting and enjoyable short stories, novels, and essays that reflect on identity not only as a social construct but rather as a quest for self-creation, a desire to define oneself, bridging conformity and individuality. We will discuss how authors construct and challenge their conceptions of themselves through literature, and how they represent the emergence of new social identities.
We will analyze texts that explore the intersections of identity with adolescence, love and literature, feminisms and masculinities, science and literature, language and immigration, Afro-identities, and maternity, among others.
Authors from Argentina, Chile, Colombia and Ecuador will reveal the changing literary landscape of the continent, and we will include works from Pilar Quintana, Benjamín Labatut, Federico Jeanmaire, Mónica Ojeda, Mariana Enríquez, Lina Meruane and Alejandro Zambra. From a linguistic standpoint, the course will focus primarily on oral rhetoric to help students improve their Spanish speaking skills in order to speak publicly with confidence, and to develop and deliver compelling presentations.
Prerequisite: SPAN 022 , SPAN 023 , the equivalent, or permission of the instructor.
Eligible for LALS, GLBL-Paired, GSST
Fall 2023. Martínez.
Catalog chapter: Spanish
Department website: http://www.swarthmore.edu/spanish
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