Latin America Subversive Culture(s)
Dr. Manuel F. Medina
Time: W 5:30 - 8:15 pm. Hum 222
Phone number: 502-852-0501
Office Hours: W 4:30 - 5:20 p.m. and Th 1:00 - 1:50 p.m. and by appointment
Class website: http://medina502.com/classes/subversive
Pre-requisites: Consent of instructor.
A survey of Latin American subversive cultural production as it stands against the mainstream and the traditional themes and techniques used by writers, artists, and film directors since the late 20th Century.
- The class will study Latin American and US Latino literature, film, music and art within the context of works that stand on the avant garde of themes and techniques used by artists and authors.
- The students will learn critical theory related to ideological construction of texts to learn to examine assertions for relevance, bias, stereotyping, manipulation, and completeness.
- The class will identify the multiple dimensions of reasoning, assumptions and perspectives generally excluded from these forms of cultural and ethnic expression.
- The course will emphasize student collaboration, in-class discussion and lectures.
Upon successful completion, the students will be able to accomplish the following tasks:
- Discuss and identify ideologies and perspectives present in the Latin American cultural production appeared since the late 20th Century.
- Locate, evaluate, and creatively answer questions about subversive Latin American culture.
Identify how class, ethnicity and gender are socially constructed within the context of the Subversive Latin American cultural production.
- Communicate an understanding that Latin American culture may hold different views of the same issues.
Egüéz, Iván. La Linares. Ecuador, 1975.
Franco Ramos, Jorge. Rosario Tijeras : una novela.
Ferré, Rosario.“La bella durmiente.” Papeles de Pandora. 2a ed. México: Joaquín Mortiz, 1979.*
Puig, Manuel. El beso de la mujer araña. Buenos Aires: Sudamericana, 1976.
Rodríguez-Pappe, Solange. La bondad de los extraños. Guayaquil: Antrópofago, 2014.
Ruy Sánchez, Alberto. Los nombres del aire. 1a ed. México, D.F.: J. Mortiz, 1987.*
Sepúlveda, Luis. Un viejo que leía novelas de amor. Colección Andanzas. Barcelona: Tusquets Editores, 1994.**
Vallejo, Fernando. La virgen de los sicarios. Vintage Español. 1. ed. México, D.F. New York,: Alfaguara, 1995.**
**Disponible del website de la clase.
El Mariachi, Richard Rodríguez, USA, 1993.
En la puta vida. Beatriz Flores Silva, Uruguay, 2001.
La sombra del caminante, Ciro Guerra, Colombia, 2004.
El Violín. Vargas Quevedo, Francisco., et al.
And additional materials made available via website and Blackboard.
Grading Policy and Distribution
Grades are final and not negotiable
Class participation and attendance, 10%
Quizzes, and assignments 15%
Oral Presentation 10%
Term Paper 25%
Midterm Exam 20%
Second Exam 20%
Letter Grade Definitions
100 to 90 A, Exceptional
Student strongly exceeds all requirements as provided by the instructor. The work product not only meets the requirements of the project but also goes above and beyond the scope of work.
89 to 80 = B, Above Average
Student completes all requirements as provided by the instructor. Student is well prepared for every class, with daily assignments as requested by the instructor and participates in class discussions. Written work demonstrates good craft with acceptable attention to detail.
79 to 70 = C, Average
Student completes all requirements as provided by the instructor. The work products reflect basic comprehension of class objectives and work is completed to meet requirements only. Student is prepared for most class sessions with assignments as requested by the instructor.
69 to 60 = D, Poor
Student does not complete all requirements as provided by the instructor. The work products fail to reflect basic class principles and demonstrate lack of comprehension of course material. Student is often ill-prepared for class sessions. Written work and assignments are incomplete, poorly crafted and show a lack of attention to detail.
59 to 0 F, Failing
Student completes a small portion of requirements as provided by the instructor. The work products fail to reflect basic class principles and demonstrate lack of comprehension of course material. Student is generally ill-prepared for class sessions. Written work and assignments are incomplete, poorly crafted and show a lack of attention to detail.
You are responsible for any announcements and/or information given in class or via email regarding changes in due dates, schedule, and supplemental readings. We also will send updates and questions via email. Please check your email account regularly.
Assignment Due Dates
All assignments are due on the assigned date. If you fail to turn in a paper or journal on time you will lose a letter grade for each day it is late. Papers and assignments that are more than three days late will not be accepted (i.e., a grade of zero will be assigned).
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Student Academic Rights and Responsibilities:
Every student is expected to be thoroughly familiar with the University's Code of Student Rights and Responsibilities and Student Conduct which can be found in the General Information section of the Undergraduate Catalog.
Along with preparing for and attending class, each student has the responsibility of promoting high academic standards. Students are expected to cooperate in all classes with the instructor to achieve an optimal learning environment. The College of Arts and Sciences does not tolerate cheating, fabrication, falsification, multiple submission, plagiarism, or complicity in academic dishonesty. The College of Arts and Sciences has a statement of academic discipline for action against students who cheat or plagiarize.
Any student caught cheating in any way will receive a F for the semester. Cheating includes but is not limited to handing in written work produced by someone else, collaborating excessively with another person and claiming the work as your own, plagiarism, helping someone else cheat, etc. For a more specific description of plagiarism, consult Section 5-E of the undergraduate catalog. University of Louisville policies regarding plagiarism will be enforced.
University Policy on Discrimination and Sexual Harassment:
Title IX/Clery Act Notification
Sexual misconduct (including sexual harassment, sexual assault, and any other nonconsensual behavior of a sexual nature) and sex discrimination violate University policies. Students experiencing such behavior may obtain confidential support from the PEACC Program (852-2663), Counseling Center (852-6585), and Campus Health Services (852-6479). To report sexual misconduct or sex discrimination, contact the Dean of Students (852-5787) or University of Louisville Police (852-6111).
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For more information, see the Sexual Misconduct Resource Guide (http://louisville.edu/hr/employeerelations/sexual-misconduct-brochure).
Policy on Instructional Modifications or accommodations:
I encourage students who have a disability or other educational, physical or mental limitations or conditions which may impair their ability to complete assignments or otherwise satisfy course criteria to meet with me to identify, discuss and document any feasible instructional modifications or accommodations. Please notify me no later than the end of the second week of the semester or no later that the end of the second week after you get diagnosed with a disability or condition, whichever occurs first. You may contact the Disabilities Resource Center for information and auxiliary aid.
The University of Louisville is committed to providing access to programs and services for qualified students with disabilities. If you are a student with a disability and require accommodation to participate in and complete requirements for this class, contact the Disability Resource Center (852-6938) for verification of eligibility and determination of specific accommodations.
Note: The instructor reserves the right to make changes in the syllabus when necessary to meet learning objectives, to compensate for missed classes, or for similar reasons.
Reading and Assignment Schedule
See Reading and Assignment Schedule page for a list of assignments and links to readings and additional materials.