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Fall 2019 Spanish UN3362 section 001

Call Number 99215
Day & Time
MW 2:40pm-3:55pm
206 Casa Hispánica
Points 3
Grading Mode Standard
Approvals Required Department
Instructor Karen Benezra
Method of Instruction Classroom
Course Description The populism that arguably defined twentieth century politics in Argentina challenged liberal and left wing thinkers to reconsider the cultural imaginaries, habits, and organizational structures moving the masses. Irreducible to either doctrine or illusion, ideology would become the center of politics. The issue of what it is and how it works would likewise assume a pivotal place in both literature and social thought. This course will examine Argentinean narrative, film, political rhetoric, and social theory from the 1930s through the 1970s in order to explore the tension and intersection between two different approaches to the question of ideology. The first, which derives from moral and political philosophy, presumes that individuals are inherently free and asks why, given this condition, we would submit to the unjust authority of others. The second, which derives from the Marxist tradition, argues that ideas emerge from an exploitative social division of labor and yet blind the exploited (and exploiters) to these same material conditions. Combining these two approaches, the texts surveyed ponder the fact that while the genesis of our ideas and customs may be social and objective, they are only actualized and made relevant in the highly subjective realm of politics. We will study notions such as class and class-consciousness, the revolutionary party, the leader, populism, and madness in the work of Antonio Gramsci, Roberto Arlt, Jorge Luis Borges, Juan Domingo PerĂ³n, Ernesto Laclau, and Rodolfo Walsh, among others. Readings and discussions will be in Spanish. Hispanic Culturess II or special permission from the profesor required.
Web Site Vergil
Department Latin American and Iberian Cultures
Enrollment 2 students (15 max) as of 4:03PM Monday, February 17, 2020
Subject Spanish
Number UN3362
Section 001
Division Interfaculty
Campus Morningside
Section key 20193SPAN3362W001

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