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Spring 2010

26 Sep

Honors 385 / Spanish 442 / Humanities 400G

JUNGLE BOOKS: PRIMITIVISM AND EXOTICISM IN MODERN LITERATURE

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Why do modernism and primitivism so often go hand in hand? What are modern people searching for when they go off into the wild? We will explore these questions as they appear in 19th and 20th century literature and cultural theory. Reading journal, one shorter paper (5-6 pp.), one longer one (8-10 pp.), two brief oral presentations, active participation in class discussion.

LECTURE AND DISCUSSION IN ENGLISH.

WRITING AND PRIMARY READINGS IN SPANISH FOR STUDENTS IN SPANISH 442.

BOOKS

Carpentier, Los pasos perdidos/The Lost Steps
Gallegos, Doña Bárbara/Dona Barbara
Rivera, La vorágine/The Vortex
Sarmiento, Facundo/Civilization and Barbarism
Torgovnick, Gone Primitive: Savage Intellects, Modern Lives
Williams, The Country and the City

MORE

Poetry by R. Darío, O. de Andrade’s “Cannibalist Manifesto,” Les Blank’s film Burden of Dreams, Coco Fusco’s video The Couple in the Cage, lectures by Edward Said, film and tv versions of Doña Bárbara.

FURTHER INFORMATION FROM LESLIE BARY, lbary@louisiana.edu.

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1 Comment

Posted by on September 26, 2009 in News, Plans

 

One response to “Spring 2010

  1. Z

    October 9, 2010 at 2:52 pm

    Also remember: In the 19th century, the PRIMITIVE was what was to be overcome. In the 20th century (with the avant-garde), the primitive is the NEW and is associated with PROGRESS.

     

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