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.

Learning Outcomes:
Objetivos cognitivos del curso:

Entender, localizar, valorar y criticar algunos discursos hispanoamericanos a través de una serie de auto-representaciones de varios campos
Conectar los discursos y la sociedad
Mejorar la sofisticación del español

Objetivos lingüísticos:

Mejorar la gramática
Enriquecer el vocabulario
Elaborar la explicación, el discurso retórico, la composición
Desarrollar argumentos coherentes

Delivery Method: Fully in-person
Prerequisites: 2 terms of Spanish at Bennington, or permission of the instructor (email
Course Level: 4000-level
Credits: 4
M/Th 1:40PM - 3:30PM (Full-term)
Maximum Enrollment: 15
Course Frequency: Every 2-3 years

Categories: 4000 , All courses , Four Credit , Fully In-Person , Spanish