Latin American Critical Theory (o, más allá de la alteridad) (SPA4716.01)

Jonathan Pitcher

Oddly, perhaps, theory itself, despite its own premises, its ethical veneer and visceral critical posture, has never quite overcome the traditional, global division of intellectual labor. It is applied, and alterity is nominally, similarly, embraced, thus paradoxically resulting in a cultural neo-imperialism that all the while overtly denies its own imperialist practices. The title of this course, to quote Neil Larsen’s lengthier plea for an escape from such an awkward impasse, “simply means exiting, however momentarily, the hegemonic, secular-poststructuralist terms of a language-game in which ‘Latin-America’ has come to signify, always already, only one thing – a thing, that, by constantly evoking the periphery as omni-presently ‘other,’ makes its intellectual experience into something, ironically, always the same.” The content will simply be comprised of readings by critical theorists working within Latin America, an apparently atypical process. Conducted in Spanish. Advanced.

Corequisites: Language Series

Prerequisites: 6 terms of Spanish at Bennington, or permission of the instructor. To register for this course please email the instructor at
Credits: 4
M/Th 10:00-11:50
Maximum Enrollment: 12
Course Frequency: Every 2-3 years
This course is categorized as All courses, Spanish, and tagged .