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Fall 2019 Spanish BC3388 section 001
BACK TO THE WALL: WORDS ACROSS BORDERS I
BACK TO THE WALL

Call Number 00200
Day & Time
Location
TR 1:10pm-2:25pm
302 Milbank Hall (Barnard)
Points 3
Grading Mode Standard
Approvals Required None
Instructor Patricio Orellana
Type LECTURE
Course Description Prerequisites: 3349 and 3350 and 3300 The tension between the local and different forms of internationalism has shaped the emergent modern cultures of Latin America beginning in the second half of the 19th century, as new nations imagined their place in an increasingly globalized capitalist modernity. In a pressing time which compels us to reimagine the role of borders and create new images of the world, our class will focus on cultural practices that have used translation as a critical tool in order to surpass uneven frontiers and forge new trans-national alliances. We will see how Latin American writers and artists have counted on translation in order to represent a different world in which to inscribe their work and intervene. In a contemporary context dominated by the centrality of images running amok amongst platforms and screens of all sizes, and which at times seems to have ceased to question the coloniality of English as a global lingua franca, our course will seek guidance in cultural practices that deploy the semi-opaque lens of language and translation in order to question the dominant spatial coordinates of globalization, and its fantasies of total translatability. How can some Latin American practices of translation help us undo the trapping division between the local and the global, the national and the cosmopolitan, the Here and the Elsewhere, to invoke the title of the film by Jean Luc Godard and its emphasis on the and? The class will favor an interdisciplinary approach that includes theoretical essays, canonical literary texts, pop cultural and countercultural artifacts, and works by visual and performance artists. 
Web Site Vergil
Department Spanish and Latin American Culture
Enrollment 10 students (15 max) as of 8:02AM Sunday, February 23, 2020
Subject Spanish
Number BC3388
Section 001
Division Barnard College
Campus Barnard College
Section key 20193SPAN3388X001

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