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Charles R. Hale, Director SRH 1.310, 2300 Red River Street D0800, Austin, TX 78712 • 512.471.5551

Spring 2005

LAS 370S • NATIONAL LIT OF SPANISH AMER

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
38095 MWF
1:00 PM-2:00 PM
BEN 1.104
DOMINGUEZ-RUVALCABA

Course Description

This course will focus on the representation of body in the period comprehended between Porfirio Díaz's regime and the post-revolutionary era (1880s to 1930s). The main questions we will address are: How modernity is readable in the representation of the body? What is the role of gender and ethnicity in the construction of national identity? How the cultural changes that came with the Mexican Revolution affected the aesthetics concerning the body representation? How modernismo's modernity evolved into a revolutionary's modernity? We will attempt to answer these questions throughout reading poetry, short stories, chronicle and novels as well as analyzing art pieces. In these works we are going to find rhetorical features that will allow us to define a discursive practice of gender and ethnicity as constitutive of the national imagination. The content of this class will include: Naturalismo or the body as a pathological site; Indian and women bodies in the modernista art; the male voice in modernista poetry; the bodily urban landscape in the modernista chronicle; Los cuarenta y uno case: newspaper cartoons and homophobia; the revolutionary hero or the nation's body; female voices in the narratives of revolution; machismo, poetry and muralismo in the 1920's and 1930's.

Grading Policy

15% Short paper presentation. Each student will write a three-pages essay on one reading to be presented and discussed in class. 15% Reading quizzes. 10% Participation in class discussions and blackboard assignments. 30% Three partial exams 30% Final exam

Texts

Barragán Toscano, Refugio. La hija del bandido. Zapotlán, México: Archivo Histórico Municipal, 2003. Bleys, Rudy C. Images of Ambiente. Homosexuality and Latin American Art, 1810-today. London-New York: Continuum, 2000. Campobello, Nellie. Cartucho: Relatos de la lucha en el norte [1931]. In Antonio Castro Leal, ed. La novella de la revolución mexicana. 1:927-68. México: Aguilar, 1960. Gamboa, Federico. Del natural; esbozos contemporáneos. México: Gómez de la Puente, 1915. Gutiérrez Nájera, Manuel. La novela del tranvía y otros cuentos. México: Fondo de Cultura Económica-SEP, 1984. Guzmán, Martín Luis. El águila y la serpiente México: Editorial Anáhuac, 1990. Irwin, Robert M., Edward J. McCaughan, and Michelle Rocío Nasser, eds. The Famous 41. Sexuality and Social Control in Mexico, 1901. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2003. Méndez de Cuenca, Laura. Simplezas. Paris: Librería Ollendorff (n/d) Muñiz, Elsa. Cuerpo representación y poder. México en los albores de la reconstrucción nacional. México: Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana-M. A. Porrúa, 2002. Tablada, José Juan. Obras II. Sátira política. México: UNAM, 1981. Tafoya, Jesús. Aquí estuvieron. Antología poética de mujeres mexicanas del siglo XIX. Ciudad Juárez: Universidad Autónoma de Ciudad Juárez, 2000. Torres, Olga Beatriz. Memorias de mi viaje Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 1994 (1918). [Selection of poems by Salvador Novo, Xavier Villaurrutia, Manuel Maples Arce and German List Arzubide.]

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