SPAN 280: “Revolution in Latin American Literary and Cultural Production of the 20th Century”
This course will evaluate key literary and cultural texts from Mexico, Cuba, and Nicaragua representative of different phases in the history of Latin American revolutions from the Mexican Revolution to the Contemporary Zapatista Movement. In keeping with a cultural studies-oriented approach, we will examine various literary and cultural texts – campaign diaries, letters, speeches, memoirs, music, documentary, and film – as they relate to the history, politics, and culture of the time. We will also dissect the ways in which the works studied promote or move away from the codes of gender prevalent in revolutionary societies and if and when such codes incorporate and/or compete with other identity categories such as race, class, and ethnicity.
This course is taught in English and is writing intensive.
- Belli, Gioconda. The Country Under my Skin: A Memoir of Love and War. Anchor, 2003.
- Campobello, Nellie. Cartucho and My Mother’s Hands. University of Texas Press, 1988.
- Guevara, Ernesto “Che”. Reminiscences of the Cuban Revolutionary War. Ocean Press,
- Marcos, Subcomandante. Our Word is Our Weapon. Seven Stories Press, 2002.