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

Héctor Domínguez-Ruvalcaba

Associate Professor Ph.D., University of Colorado at Boulder

Associate Professor, Department of Spanish & Portuguese
Héctor Domínguez-Ruvalcaba



Queer studies; violence; border studies in literature, film, and the arts

LAS 370S • Gend Iss Contemp Lat Am Cin

39740 • Spring 2015
Meets TTH 1230pm-200pm BEN 1.126
(also listed as SPN 350K, WGS 335 )
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Studies Latin American cinema as a device of gender system formation and reinforcement, and as criticism of patriarchal hegemony; discusses questions related to sexuality depicted in Latin American films. Subjects covered include: maternity, prostitution, machismo, children's sexuality, homosexuality, heterosexuality, and gender violence in films from the 1930s to present. Conducted in Spanish.

LAS 370S • Intro To Literatures/Culs

39747 • Spring 2015
Meets TTH 1100am-1230pm PAR 301
(also listed as SPN 328C )
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This course aims to discuss the main topics of Spanish and Spanish American literary and cultural expressions, based on the following axes:

1. Gender relationships.

2. The question of coloniality and resistance.

3. Migratory movements.

These three topics will be discussed by reviewing literature, art, films and popular expressions of the region.

LAS 370S • Violence In Contemp Mex Cul

40690 • Fall 2014
Meets TTH 200pm-330pm BEN 1.126
(also listed as SPN 355 )
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Taught in Spanish. Studies the representation of violence in contemporary literary and cultural production in Mexico in order to understand social, political, and cultural implications of current violence there. Taught in Spanish. Latin American Studies 322 and 370S may not both be counted unless the topics vary. Only one of the following may be counted: Latin American Studies 370S (Topic 23), Spanish 350 (Topic 13), 355 (Topic 6), Women's and Gender Studies 340 (Topic 20).

LAS 392S • Queer Latin Amer Lit & Cult

40810 • Fall 2014
Meets T 500pm-800pm BEN 1.118
(also listed as ILA 387 )
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Description: This course aims to introduce the students to the main trends of queer studies on Latin American literature and culture. Significant works dealing with Latin American sexualities and studies of the body have been published in recent years. This scholarly production results from placing the episteme of body and sexuality on the central preoccupations of social sciences and humanities. Studying sexualities in Latin America conveys an intersection of multiple axes of difference (race, class, nationality, religion), where sexuality, rather than being considered an immanent object of study, functions as a theoretical basis for knowing culture and society. By reading literary and critical works in which body and sexuality are represented beyond the hegemonic gender system, this course will focus on three topics: a) queer rhetoric: (de) naturalization, performance and liminalities; c) marginal sexualities and national identity: modernity and citizenship in the representation of sexuality; b) images and self-images of the queer subject: homophobia, machismo, and queer body on the public arena; e) queer theory beyond sexuality: disability, monstrosity, and body transformations. The course will include: an introduction to the main concepts of queer studies; reading some critical works about queer Latin American culture; analyzing literature, art, and cinema with this approach.

Grading policy:

Oral presentation 10%

Class participation 15%

Annotated bibliography 10%

First draft of term paper 25%

Term paper 40%


N/A.  "Los 41. El escándalo periodístico de 1901."  In Robert McKee Irwin, Edward J. McCaughan, and Michelle Rocío Jasser.  The Famous 41. Sexuality and Social Control in Mexico, 1901.  New York: Palgrave, 2003.

Angelides, Steven.  A History of Bisexuality.  Chicago: University of Chicago, 2001.

Arenas, Reinaldo.  Antes que anochezca.  Barcelona: Fábula, 1996.

Bejel, Emilio.  Gay Cuban Nation.  Chicago: University of Chicago, 2001.

Berman, Sabina.  Lunas.  México: Katún, 1988.

Berenguer, Carmen.  Naciste pintada.  Santiago (Chile): Cuarto propio, 1999.

Blanco, José Joaquín.  Las púberes canéforas.  México: Océano, 1983.

Butler, Judith.  Bodies that Matter.  New York: Routledge, 1993.

Castellanos Moya, Horacio.  Baile con serpientes.  Barcelona: Tusquets,

Connell, R. W.  Masculinidades.  México: UNAM, 2003.

Fiol-Matta, Licia.  A queer Mother for the Nation. The State and Gabriela Mistral.  Minneapolis: University of minnesota Press, 2002.

Jagose, Annamarie.  Queer Theory. An Introduction.  New York: New York U., 1996.

Lamborguini, Osvaldo.  Novelas y cuentos.  Barcelona: Serbal, 1988.

Lemebel, Pedro.  Loco afán.  Barcelona: Anagrama, 1996.

Molloy, Sylvia.  "Too Wilde for Comfort: Desire and Idelogy in Fin-de-Siècle Spanish America."  Social Text  31-32 (1992), 187-201.

Novo, Salvador.  La estatua de sal.  México: Fondo de Cultura Económica, 1998.

Perlonguer, Néstor.  Prosa plebeya. Ensayos 1980-1992.  Buenod Aires: Puñaladas, 1997.

Peterse, Alan.  Unmasking the Masculine. 'Men' and 'Identity' in a Skeptical Age.  London-Thousand Oaks-New Delhi: Sage, 1998. 

Puig, Manuel.  El beso de la mujer araña.  México: De bolsillo,

Quiroga, José.  Tropics of Desire. Interventions form Queer Latino America.  New York-London: New York University Press, 2000.

Richard, Nelly.  Masculino/femenino: prácticas de la diferencia y cultura democrática.  Santiago (Chile): Francisco Zegers, 1989.

Sedgwick, Eve Kosofsky.  Epistemology of the Closet.  Berkeley-Los Angeles: University of California, 1990.

Sifuentes-Jáuregui, Ben.  Transvestism, Masculinity, and Latin American Literature. Genders Share Flesh.  New York: Palgrave, 2002.

Vallejo, Fernando.  La virgen de los sicarios. México: Alfaguara, 1999.

Zapata, Luis. El vampiro de la colonia Roma.  México: Grijalbo,


LAS 370S • Gender Contemp Lat Amer Cinema

41065 • Spring 2014
Meets TTH 1230pm-200pm BEN 1.122
(also listed as SPN 350K, WGS 340 )
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Topic 1: Gender Issues in Contemporary Latin American Cinema. Same as Latin American Studies 370S (Topic 24: Gender Issues in Latin American Cinema). Studies Latin American cinema as a device of gender system formation and reinforcement, and as criticism of patriarchal hegemony; discusses questions related to sexuality depicted in Latin American films. Subjects covered include: maternity, prostitution, machismo, children's sexuality, homosexuality, heterosexuality, and gender violence in films from the 1930s to present. Conducted in Spanish. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Only one of the following may be counted: Latin American Studies 370S (Topic 24), Spanish 350 (Topic: Gender in Contemporary Latin American Cinema), 350K (Topic 1).

LAS 392S • Utop/Apocaly:lat Am Neolib Era

41050 • Fall 2013
Meets T 500pm-800pm BEN 1.118
(also listed as ILA 387 )
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This seminar will focus on the study of the main cultural debates in contemporary Spanish America through analyzing some of the most influential essays published from the late 1980s to the present. Questions related to the relationship between politics and cultural production, the local and the global, nationalisms and migrations, the understanding of violence, urban life, gender relations, and sexual and ethnic diversity will be proposed as subjects of enquiry. It is central to this course to define the paradigms through which Spanish American intellectuals interpret social reality in the context of neoliberal economy and the emergence of new forms of oppression, resistance, and cultural expressions.  For this seminar, Spanish American essay production is understood as intellectual intervention in the public sphere, and as theoretical propositions aimed to redefine Spanish America cultural identity in the midst of the post-dictatorial rearrangements, the increasing of organized crime and paramilitarization, the weakening of the state institutions and the growing of ethnic and gender violence. That means that essay will be approached as a discursive field where political contentions are expressed as poetic struggles, a problem of meaning that is also a problem of cultural and social understanding.

Grade criteria

Oral presentation 15%

Class participation 15%

Annotated bibliography 15 %

First draft of term paper 15%

Term paper 40%


Achúgar, Hugo. La biblioteca en ruinas: reflexiones culturales desde la periferia. Montevideo: Trilce, 1994.

Castañeda, Jorge. La utopía desarmada. México: Joaquín Mortiz, 1993.

Cornejo Polar, Antonio. Escribir en el aire. Ensayo sobre la heterogeneidad sociocultural en las literaturas andinas.  Lima: Editorial Horizonte, 1994.

García Canclini, Néstor. Culturas híbridas: estrategias para entrar y salir de la modernidad.  México: Grijalbo, 1989.

Martín Barbero, Jesús. Al sur de la modernidad: comunicación, globalización, y multiculturalidad

Monsiváis, Carlos. Aires de familia: cultura y sociedad en América Latina. Barcelona: Anagrama, 2000.

Piglia, Ricardo. Tres propuestas para el próximo milenio. Buenos Aires: La Nación, 2000.

Quijano, Aníbal.  "Colonialidad del poder y clasificación social." Journal of Worl-System Research. Festschrift for Immanuel Walerstein I.  11:2 (Summer-Fall, 2000), 342-386.

Reguillo, Rosana.  Estrategias del desencanto. La emergencia de culturas juveniles en Latinoamérica. Ed. Norma, Buenos Aires, 2002.

Richard, Nelly.  Masculino/femenino: prácticas de la diferencia y cultura democrática. Santiago : Francisco Zegers Editor, 1993.

-----.  Márgenes e instituciones. Arte en Chile desde 1973. Santiago: Metales Pesados, 2007.

Rojas, Rafael.  Tumbas sin sociego: revolución, disidencia y exilio del intelectual cubano. Barcelona: Anagrama, 2006.

Sarlo, Beatriz.  La ciudad vista: mercancías y cultura urbana. Buenos Aires: Siglo Veintiuno Editores, 2009.

Thayer, Willy.  La crisis no moderna de la universidad moderna. Santigo: Editorial Cuarto Propio, 1996.

Villoro, Juan.  "La alfombra roja del terror del narco" 

LAS 370S • Violence In Contemp Mex Cul

40525 • Spring 2013
Meets TTH 200pm-330pm BEN 1.122
(also listed as SPN 350, WGS 340 )
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This course will be devoted to the study of literary texts, art pieces, and films dealing with violence in Mexico in recent years.  The class will discuss the characteristics of these representations and how they can lead us to understand social, economic, and political processes that generate violent events. The questions we are going to address are: what are the aesthetic, ethic, and political implications of the representations of violence? How can we understand Mexican society and gender system through the analysis of these narratives? What are the strategies that these works suggest for the solution of such difficult reality?

LAS 392S • Modernismo: Aesthet/Sexlty/Mod

40435 • Fall 2011
Meets T 530pm-830pm BEN 1.118
(also listed as SPN 380K )
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This seminar aims to revise Spanish American literary texts and visual art produced between the end of nineteenth century and the two first decades of the twentieth century that are considered part of the modernista aesthetics, from a theoretical perspective that combines queer and postcolonial approaches. Some of the questions we are going to address are:

  • How modernista aestheticism articulates neocolonialism with modern national projects?
  • What is the role that sexuality and sensuality play in the construction of the modernista imagination?
  • What are the intersections of modernista art, poetry, fiction and prose?
  • How the intellectual insights of modernistas can be interpreted as gender politics?

Grading criteria:

Presentation: 10%

Participation: 15%

Paper draft: 15%

Final paper: 50%


Arévalo Martínez, Rafael.  El hombre que parecía un caballo y otros cuentos. México: CONACULTA, 1997.

Barba Jacob, Porfirio.  Guirnaldas de la noche.  Xalapa: Gobierno del Estado de Veracruz, 2004.

Bhabha, Homi K.  The Location of Culture.  London-New York: Routledge, 1994.

Casal, Julián del.  Crónicas habaneras.  La Habana: Universidad Cemtral de Villas, 1963.

Darío Rubén. Azul, El salmo de la pluma. Canto de vida y esperanza. Otros poemas. México: Porrúa, 2002.

-----. "Catulle Mendes". Obras completas.  Madrid: Afrodisio Aguado, 1950.

D'Halmar, Augusto.  Obras escogidas.  Santiago: Ed. Andrés Bello, 1970.

Gutiérrez Nájera, Manuel. "Crónica de color bitter." En José Olivio Jiménez y Antonio R, de la Campa.  Antología crítica de la prosa modernista.  New York: Eliseo Torres and Sons, 1976, 127-132.

-----.  "La mañana de San Juan." En José Olivio Jiménez y Antonio R, de la Campa.  Antología crítica de la prosa modernista.  New York: Eliseo Torres and Sons, 1976, 209-213.

Jiménez, José Olivio.  Antología de la poesía modernista hispanoamericana. Madrid: Hiperión, 1985.

Lugones, Leopoldo.  Las fuerzas extrañas.  Buenos Aires: Ediciones del 80, 1981.

Martí, José. "El terremoto de Charleston." En José Olivio Jiménez y Antonio R, de la Campa.  Antología crítica de la prosa modernista.  New York: Eliseo Torres and Sons, 1976, 104-116.

-----. "Nuestra América".  Obras completas.  La Habana: Lex, 1946.

-----. "Prólogo al poema de 'El Niágara' de J.A. Pérez Bonalde (1982)." En José Olivio Jiménez y Antonio R, de la Campa.  Antología crítica de la prosa modernista.  New York: Eliseo Torres and Sons, 1976, 46-51.

Molloy, Sylvia.  "Too Wilde for Confort: Desire and Ideology In Fin-de-Siecle Spanish America."  Social Text 31-32 (1992), 187-201.

Montaldo, Graciela.  La sensibilidad amenazada.  Caracas: Planeta, 1995.

Montero, Oscar.  Modernismo y homofobia. Darío y Rodó."  En Daniel Balderston y Donna Guy, eds.  Sexo y sexualidades en América Latina.  Buenos Aires-Barcelona-México: Paidós, 1997.

Nervo, Amado.  Obras completas.  Madrid: Aguilar, 1973.

Paz, Octavio.  Cuadrivio: Darío, Lópex velarde, Pessoa, Cernuda.  México: Joaquín Mortiz, 1969.

Prado, Pedro.  Alsino.  Santiago: Editorial Nascimento, 1951.

Rama, Ángel.  Las máscaras democráticas del modernismo.  Montevideo: Fundación Ángel Rama, 1985.

Ramos. Julio.  Desencuentros de la modernidad en América Latina. Litearatura y política en el siglo XIX.  Santiago: Ed, Cuarto Propio, 2000.

Rodó, José Enrique.  Cinco ensayos.  Madrid: Editorial América, 1917.

Sedgwick, Eve Kosofski.  Epistemology of the Closet.  Berkeley: University of California, 1990.

Silva, José Asunción.  Poesía. De sobremesa.  Mdrid: Cátedra, 2006.

Varela, Juan.  "Carta de Juan Varela a Rubén Darío."  En Rubén Darío. Azul, El salmo de la pluma. Canto de vida y esperanza. Otros poemas. México: Porrúa, 2002.

LAS 370S • Civilization Of Spanish Amer

40630-40655 • Spring 2011
Meets TTH 1100am-1230pm CAL 100
(also listed as SPN 322K )
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This course aims to discuss the main topics that constitute the Latin American cultural process, based on the following axes:


1. Aspects of Spanish American cultural expressions and daily life.

2. Gender relationships.

3. The question of coloniality.


These three topics will be discussed by reviewing history, politics, art, literature, and popular expressions of the region. The questions we will address include: How coloniality––i.e. the condition of dependency from imperial countries­––has shaped political culture, gender structure, beliefs, and perceptions? What are the distinctive aspects of Spanish American cultural expressions? What are the most significant political conflicts of the region? What is the significance of popular events and daily life practices in the area?


Texts: A selection of the following texts are included in the reading packet for this class

Rhory Benítez et. al., El silencio que la voz de todas quiebra. Mujeres y víctimas de Ciudad Juárez. Chihuahua: Ediciones Azar- NMSU-UACJ, México, 1999.

Burgos, Elizabeth/ Rigoberta Menchú.  Me llamo Rigoberta Menchú.  México: Siglo XXI, 1985.

Galeano, Eduardo.  Las venas abiertas de América Latina.  México: Siglo XXI, 1979.

Huilca, Saturnino.  Huilca, habla un campesino peruano.  Hugo Neira, ed.  La Habana:  Casa de las Américas, 1979.

Lemebel, Pedro.  De perlas y cicatrices.  Santiago: LOM, 1996.

Martínez, José Luis, ed.  Nezahalcóyotl. México: SEO-Diana, 1975.

Ortiz, Fernando.  Los negros esclavos.  La Habana: Editorial de Ciencias Sociales, 1996.

Poniatowska, Elena.  Hasta no verte Jesús mío. México: Era, 1986.

Ramos Smith, Maya.  La danza en México durante la época colonial.  México: CONACULTA-Alianza Editorial Mexicana, 1990 (1979)

Taibo II, Paco Ignacio, Subcomandante Marcos.  Muertos incómodos (falta lo que falta).  México: Joaquín Mortiz, 2005.

Toscano, Salvador.  Cuauhtémoc.  México: Fondo de Cultura Económica, 1984.

Uslar Pietri, Arturo.  Las nubes.  Caracas: Monte Ávila, 1997.

Salazar, Alonso.  Drogas y narcotráfico en Colombia.  Bogotá: Planeta, 2001.




4 partial tests            40%

Final test                     30%

Quizzes                      15%

Class participation   15%

LAS 370S • Intro To Spn Amer Lit Snc Mod

40250 • Fall 2010
Meets TTH 1100am-1230pm MEZ 2.118
(also listed as SPN 325L )
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Main literary trends and principal writers in Spanish America since Modernism. Taught in Spanish.

LAS 392S • Lat Amer Essay: Indep-Cold War

40410 • Fall 2010
Meets W 500pm-800pm MEZ 1.104
(also listed as SPN 380M )
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W 5:00-8:00 PM

MEETS WITH: LAS 392S, 40410


This course proposes a discussion about the parallel between literary and political reflections that can be found in the most outstanding essayists in Latin America. The relationship between the literature and the construction of the nation leads us to reconsider some contemporary theoretical approaches that point to the imaginary generation of this concept, such us the definitions proposed by Benedict Anderson, Homi Bahbah, Fredric Jameson, Slavoj Zizek, and Doris Sommer, among others. This means that we will analyze the nation as a literary topic, which will be addressed under the following questions: what are the imaginary constituents of the myth of the nation in Latin America? How the relationship between politics, history, ethnography, and aesthetics can be articulated? And, what is the status of essay as genre in Latin America? This class will be divided in three units, focusing on the three historical periods of major production of Latin American essays: a) The formation of the nations after the independence in Nineteenth Century from Bolivar to José Martí; b) The modern prose including the generation of the Centenario, the Ateneo de la Juventud and the projects of social-oriented states; c) and the generation of the Cold War.

 Kind of Course: general

 Grading policy:

Oral presentation on theoretical or critical reading 10%

Class participation 10%

Three partial exams 30 %

Term paper 50%


Bolívar, Simón. Discurso de Angostura

Buarque de Holanda Sérgio Raízes do Brasil

Galvez, Manuel. El solar de la raza

González, Luis.  "El país de cuatro pisos"

Martí, José. "Nuestra América"

Mairátegui, Carlos. Siete ensayos de interpretación de la realidad peruana

Ortiz, Fernando.  Contrapunto cubano del tabaco y el azúcar

Paz, Octavio. El laberinto de la soledad; La estación violenta

Rama, Ángel. La ciudad letrada

Reyes, Alfonso. La experiencia literaria, México en una nuez

Vasconcelos, José.  La raza cósmica



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