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Fall 2014 First-Year Seminar BC1586 section 001

Call Number 04970
Day & Time
TR 2:40pm-3:55pm
227 Milbank Hall (Barnard)
Points 3
Approvals Required None
Instructor Orlando Bentancor
Course Description This course explores how Spanish America emerged as a laboratory of aesthetic, philosophical and political thought by questioning the ideological foundations of western global and technological expansion. In this course we will explore the writings of writers who examined the conditions of possibility of violence of Iberian imperial expansion from the sixteenth century to the present. It will provide a literary and historical genealogy of the modern and postmodern views on nature, ecology, animal and human bodies. We will be especially interested in the analysis of dichotomies that lay the foundations of the Iberian political and scientific views on nature as well as the modern technical administration of human life through interpretative analysis and close readings of texts. We will examine how dichotomies truth/falsity, civilization/barbarism, male/female, raw material/commodities, nature/technology, developed/underdeveloped countries, while taken for granted by the imperial project, were questioned from the periphery. The field of study will range from the 15th to the 20th century, as authors include Bartolomé de Las Casas, Ginés de Sepúlveda, José de Acosta, Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, Simón Bolivar, Doming Faustino Sarmiento, José Martí, Enrique Dusell, José Enrique Rodó, Domitila Barrios de Chungara, Rigoberta Menchú, Jorge Luis Borges.
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Department First-Year Seminar Program @Barnard
Enrollment 15 students as of 11:36PM Thursday, March 5, 2015
Subject First-Year Seminar
Number BC1586
Section 001
Division Barnard College
Open To Barnard
Campus Barnard College
Section key 20143FYSB1586X001

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