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Jill Robbins, Chair 150 W 21st Street, Stop B3700, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-4936

Spring 2008

SPN 380K • Octavio Paz: Poetry and Poetics

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
48390 TTh
11:00 AM-12:30 PM
BEN 1.118
Dominguez-Ruvalcaba

Course Description

This course aims to interpret the woks by Octavio Paz focusing on the gender implications in the aesthetics and politics. We will analyze a selection of his poems and essays with a deconstructive perspective that includes gender and queer approaches. The subjects I propose to discuss are:

a) The heterosexual poetics; b) The erotic foundation of Western civilization; c) Queer insights of national "essences"; d) The paradoxes of Paz' perversion; e) The Cold War and the politics of the body

Grading Policy

Grade criteria: 10 % presentations 10 % class participation 40 % two partial exams 40 % term paper

Texts

The texts by Octavio Paz we are going to study will be: ¿Águila o sol?, El arco y la lira, Blanco, Los hijos del limo, Corriente alterna, Sor Juana Inés de la cruz; o, las trampas de la fe, Tiempo nublado, Un más allá erótico: Sade, La llama doble: amor y erotismo, El ogro filantrópico, El laberinto de la soledad, and Postdata. Some of the critical works we are going to consider are: Guillermo Sheridan. Poeta con paisaje: ensayos sobre la vida de Octavio Paz. México: Ediciones Era, 2004 Armando González Torres. Las guerras culturales de Octavio Paz. México : Colibrí, 2002 José Quiroga. Understanding Octavio Paz. Columbia, S.C. : Univ. of South Carolina Press, cop. 1999 Harold Bloom. "Introduction." En Harold Bloom, ed. Octavio Paz. Philadelphia, PA : Chelsea House Publishers, 2002 Susana Díaz. (Per)versiones y convergencias. Madrid : Biblioteca nueva, 2005. Rubén Medina. Autor, autoridad y autorizacion: Escritura y Poetica de Octavio Paz, Mexico: El Colegio de Mexico, 1999.

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