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Optional Modules

Centre of Latin American Studies


Modernity and Subjectivity in Latin American Culture

Teaching Schedule

Key Issues and Texts

In this module we will study the work of a number of Latin American writers and artists who explore questions relating to modernity – including the development of science, technology, mass media, (neo)liberalism and cosmopolitanism – and how these have shaped subjectivity, as well as social and political identities. Moving from the late nineteenth century to the present day, the module will focus on novels, essays, graphic novels and artworks from a range of different countries. Our study of them will lead us to consider key intellectual and cultural shifts in Latin America, and to explore the usefulness of a number of theoretical and critical paradigms relating to modernity that originate in Latin America, Europe, North America and elsewhere.

A good reading knowledge of Spanish is a prerequisite for the course, since all texts, some of them complex, are read in Spanish. Students are expected already to have a base in the study of Latin American literature. Those who have not, but who do have a good reading knowledge of Spanish, may still take the course, but would be expected to attend various lectures and seminars on Latin American literature to fill gaps in their knowledge. 

The course is taught by staff from the Department of Spanish and Portuguese and the Centre of Latin American Studies, and is co-ordinated by Dr Joanna Page. Teaching takes the form of open-discussion seminars at which students are expected to present short papers. Students are also encouraged to attend lectures on Latin American culture given by the Department of Spanish and Portuguese.