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Key Issues and Texts: Modernity and Subjectivity in Latin American Culture (MT 2019)

Primary texts are listed for each seminar. You will be expected to have studied all primary texts set for each seminar, together with some of the secondary reading suggested in the bibliographies. Links are given in the bibliographies to online articles, and some additional material is available as PDFs to download from Moodle.

Some key issues relating to each seminar are identified – you may wish to focus on one or more of these in a seminar paper or an essay.

Seminar 1: Reading 'Out of Place Ideas' in Machado de Assis (MC)

Key texts

English translations are available on Gutenberg as follows:

English translations are also easily and cheaply available on Kindle via Amazon.

Key issues

  • Literary aesthetics of a peripheral modernity
  • Importing out of place ideas
  • Brazilian literature’s deceptive realism
  • Liberalism in Latin America
  • Slave culture, the elites and the culture of dependent men
  • Desire, authority and paternity

Bibliography

 

Seminar 2: Animality, Biopolitics and Science (JP) 

Key issues

  • science and fantasy
  • animality and subjectivity
  • biopolitics
  • spectrality, materiality and the image

Key texts

  • Julio Cortázar, selected short stories: “Bestiario”, “Cefalea”, “Carta a una señorita en París” (from Bestiario, 1951) and “Axolotl” (from Final del juego, 1956). 
  • Clarice Lispector, A paixão segundo G. H. (novella, Brazil, 1964), either in Portuguese original or Spanish translation 
  • Roque Larraquy, Informe sobre ectoplasma animal (Argentina, 2014) +

+ available on request from CLAS

Bibliography
 

Seminar 3: Art of the Media: From Ricardo Piglia to Subcomandante Marcos (CF)

Key issues

  • Political uses of mass media
  • Mimesis and masks
  • The construction of the public sphere
  • Conceptual art and literature
  • Repetition and difference of information
  • Fictional economies of circulation
  • Fake news
  • Relationship between events and news

Key texts

Bibliography
 

Seminar 4: Technology, Myth and Modernity in Graphic Novels from Chile (JP)

Key issues

  • steampunk and the materiality of technology
  • critiques of modernity: imperialism, the ‘disenchantment of the world’, and the nature-culture divide
  • uses of the science fiction and alternative history genres
  • humanist and post-humanist perspectives
  • relationships between religion, technology, magic and animism
  • embodiment and experience in cyberculture

Key texts

  • e-Dem: La conspiración de la vida eterna. Desarraigo (Cristián Montes Lynch, 2012)*+
  • Policía del Karma (Jorge Baradit and Martín Cáceres, 2011)*+
  • Las playas del otro mundo (Cristián Barros and Demetrio Babul, 2009)+
  • 1899: Cuando los tiempos chocan (Francisco Ortega and Nelson Dániel, 2011)+

* available to read in the West Room, UL

+ available on request from CLAS

Bibliography
 

Seminar 5: Forensic Aesthetics: Archive, History and Witnessing (CF)

Key issues

  • Post-testimonial witnessing
  • Representations of Historical Violence
  • Necropolitics
  • Role of the Archive
  • Human Rights

Key texts

  • Rodrigo Rey Rosa, El material humano
  • Eyal Weizman and Thomas Keenan: Mengele's Skull: The Advent of a Forensic Aesthetics
  • Teresa Margolles, El testigo (Catálogo de la muestra)
  • “Bringing the Dead Back into Society”: An Interview with Mercedes Doretti

Bibliography

 

Seminar 6: Contemporary Bioart and Ecoart (JP)

Key Issues

  • art and climate change in the Anthropocene
  • art, DIY biology, biohacking
  • multispecies communication and co-creativity
  • an ethics of care for art and science

Key texts

Bibliography