Latin America: A Paratext (SPA4495.01)

Jonathan Pitcher

This course will consider the often erroneous marketing of twentieth- and twenty-first century Latin America, both from within and beyond its borders, via an open evasion of reading and a privileging of discussion. A combination of the peritext and the epitext, a paratext is everything but the “text” (whether literature, film, music, or a t-shirt) itself. It is hoped that in studying the title, introduction, footnotes, binding, artwork, opening credits, reviews, publishing (in short, the context) of key artifacts of Latin American modernity, we will construct a meta-discourse through which primary debates may be accessed with some facility. Students will develop their oral and written skills, progressing to a defense of ideas. The course should, almost osmotically, provide contextual support for future studies in Spanish. Low-intermediate level. Corequisites: Languages Series

Prerequisites: Spanish 3 at Bennington, or permission of the instructor. For registration, contact the teacher via email.
Credits: 4
W 12:10pm - 2:00pm; F 12:10pm - 2:00pm
Maximum Enrollment: 18
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