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ILAC 132E: Introduction to Global Portuguese: Cultural Perspectives

Portuguese is the sixth most-spoken language in the world (roughly 250 million speakers now, with expected growth to 400 million by 2050) and the most-spoken language south of the Equator. It is the official language of nation-states on four continents, making it truly global in scope. Beyond Brazil, there are tens of millions of Portuguese speakers in Africa and Europe as well as smaller communities in Asia and North America. In this course, students will learn about the cultures and communities that make up the Portuguese-speaking world, even as they learn to critique the idea of linking these communities by means of a language that became global (like Spanish and English) through violent colonial expansion. Topics include art and music, film, poetry, short story, post-colonialism, indigeneity, crioulismo, empire, diaspora, semi-peripherality, modernism. Course taught in English with optional Portuguese section.
Terms: Spr | Units: 3-5 | Grading: Letter or Credit/No Credit
Instructors: ; Librandi Rocha, M. (PI)

ILAC 145: Poets, Journalists and Collectors: Latin American Modernismo

Discusses the different artistic avatars exercised by Latin American modernistas at the turn of the 19th Century in the context of growing capitalism, technological innovation and social transformation. We focus on how modernistas as poets, journalists and collectors explored and transgressed the limits of the individual and his/her situation. We consider topics like cosmopolitanism, dandysm, autonomy of art, and the aesthetic cultivation of the self. Authors include: Delmira Agustini, Rubén Darío, Julián del Casal, Leopoldo Lugones, José Martí, Manuel Gutierrez Nájera, José Enrique Rodó, José Asunción Silva, and Abraham Valdelomar. Spanish proficiency required.
Terms: Spr | Units: 3-5 | Grading: Letter or Credit/No Credit
Instructors: ; Briceno, X. (PI)

ILAC 149: The Laboring of Diaspora & Border Literary Cultures (COMPLIT 149, CSRE 149)

Focus is given to emergent theories of culture and on comparative literary and cultural studies. How do we treat culture as a social force? How do we go about reading the presence of social contexts within cultural texts? How do ethno-racial writers re-imagine the nation as a site with many "cognitive maps" in which the nation-state is not congruent with cultural identity? How do diaspora and border narratives/texts strive for comparative theoretical scope while remaining rooted in specific local histories. Note: This course must be taken for a minimum of 3 units and a letter grade to be eligible for Ways credit
Terms: Spr | Units: 3-5 | UG Reqs: GER:DB-Hum, WAY-A-II, WAY-ED | Grading: Letter or Credit/No Credit
Instructors: ; Saldivar, J. (PI)

ILAC 156: Brevity as an Art Form

In both literature and film, brevity has been recognize as a superior artistic form. Augusto Monterroso's "El Dinosaurio" (only one line) has been celebrated as a perfect short story, and "Bagdah Messi" (18 minutes) by Sahim Omar Kalifa) could also be considered a work of art. This course will choose no less than 20 short stories and shorts, to analyze and comment, besides a couple of books on the theory of the short literature.
Terms: Spr | Units: 3-5 | Grading: Letter or Credit/No Credit
Instructors: ; Ruffinelli, J. (PI)

ILAC 157: Medieval and Early Modern Iberian Literatures

Survey of Iberian literature from the medieval and early modern periods. When covering texts in languages other than Spanish, translations into English or Spanish will be made available. Taught in Spanish; prerequisite: SPANLANG 13 or equivalent.
Terms: Spr | Units: 3-5 | UG Reqs: GER:DB-Hum, WAY-A-II | Grading: Letter or Credit/No Credit
Instructors: ; Hughes, N. (PI)

ILAC 193: The Cinema of Pedro Almodovar

Pedro Almodóvar is one of the most recognizable auteur directors in the world today. His films express a hybrid and eclectic visual style and the blurring of frontiers between mass and high culture. Special attention is paid to questions of sexuality and the centering of usually marginalized characters. This course studies Pedro Almodóvar's development from his directorial debut to the present, from the "shocking" value of the early films to the award-winning mastery of the later ones. Prerequisite: ability to understand spoken Spanish. Readings in English. Midterm and final paper can be in English. Majors should write in Spanish.
Terms: Spr | Units: 3-5 | UG Reqs: GER:DB-Hum, GER:EC-Gender, WAY-A-II, WAY-ED | Grading: Letter or Credit/No Credit
Instructors: ; Resina, J. (PI)

ILAC 199: Individual Work

Open only to students in the department, or by consent of instructor.
Terms: Aut, Win, Spr, Sum | Units: 1-12 | Repeatable for credit | Grading: Letter or Credit/No Credit

ILAC 217: Fernando Pessoa: Aesthetics as Ontology

The poetry and prose of Fernando Pessoa (1888-1935), Portugal's greatest modern poet. As famous for his written work as for his complex understanding of selfhood, Pessoa remains a towering and largely perplexing figure even today. Class discussions will focus on close readings of Pessoa's work along with the implications of his theory of subjectivity for our understanding of modernity, aesthetics, and the self. Taught in English. Readings in Portuguese and English.
Terms: Spr | Units: 3-5 | Grading: Letter or Credit/No Credit
Instructors: ; Barletta, V. (PI)

ILAC 256A: The Drug Wars in Latin America

The course will study how Latin American narcos are represented in feature films, documentaries, and essays. We will choose different regions and times: Pablo Escobar's (1949-1993) Colombia, Central America, and Mexico (1990-2015), including the mass students kidnappings in Iguala, México, 2014.nBibliography/filmsnFilms: "Sins of my Father" (Entel, 2009); "Sumas y Restas" (Víctor Gaviria, 2003); "La Vida Loca" (Poveda, 2009); "La Bestia" (Pedro Ultreras, 2010); "Cartel Land" (Heineman, 2015); "The Missing 43" (Vice, 2015).nBook: "El Hombre sin Cabeza" de Sergio González (2009).
Terms: Spr | Units: 3-5 | Grading: Letter or Credit/No Credit
Instructors: ; Ruffinelli, J. (PI)

ILAC 278A: Senior Seminar: Cervantes's Novelas Ejemplares

Open to seniors in ILAC and Spanish; juniors by permission of instructor. Focus is on a close reading of Miguel de Cervantes's collection of short fiction, the Novelas ejemplares (1613). The rise of the novel, literature and ethics, modes of reading, the status of Muslim and Jewish converts in early modern Spain, the rise of capitalism, the Baroque aesthetic. This course will be conducted entirely in Spanish. NOTE: This course must be taken for a minimum of 5 units and a letter grade to be eligible for WIM credit.
Terms: Spr | Units: 3-5 | UG Reqs: WAY-A-II, WAY-ED | Grading: Letter or Credit/No Credit
Instructors: ; Barletta, V. (PI)

ILAC 299: Individual Work

Open to department advanced undergraduates or graduate students by consent of professor. May be repeated for credit.
Terms: Aut, Win, Spr, Sum | Units: 1-12 | Repeatable for credit | Grading: Letter or Credit/No Credit

ILAC 349: Amerindia: Literature and Perspecitvism

This course offers an intensive reading of the theory of Eduardo Viveiros de Castro. Literature and Anthropology. Amerindian Perspectivism and the Poetics of Translation. Taught in Portuguese.
Terms: Spr | Units: 3-5 | Grading: Letter or Credit/No Credit
Instructors: ; Librandi Rocha, M. (PI)

ILAC 399: Individual Work

For Spanish and Portuguese department graduate students only. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.
Terms: Aut, Win, Spr, Sum | Units: 1-12 | Repeatable for credit | Grading: Letter or Credit/No Credit
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