Latin American Critical Theory (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.

Learning Outcomes:
Objetivos cognitivos

Entender, localizar, valorar y criticar el discurso politico, filosófico e histórico a través de una serie de auto-representaciones del continente
Establecer sus propias relaciones entre los materiales más allá de la manipulación excesiva del profesor
Conectar las narrativas y la sociedad

Objetivos lingüísticos

Familiarizarse con el lenguaje teórico
Elaborar el discurso, desarrollar argumentos coherentes
Mejorar la sofisticación del español

Delivery Method: Fully in-person
Prerequisites: 7 terms of Spanish at Bennington, or permission of the instructor (contact
Course Level: 4000-level
Credits: 4
M/Th 10:00AM - 11:50AM (Full-term)
Maximum Enrollment: 12
Course Frequency: Every 2-3 years

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