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Key Issues and Texts: Modernity and Subjectivity in Latin American Culture (MT 2018)

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: Mimicry and Modernity in early Latin American Cinema (RO and MC)

Key issues
  • Mimicry and the translations of cinematic form
  • The fetishism of commodities and the visualization of Labour
  • The country and the city in early C20 film
  • “The Cinema of attractions”
  • Modernization, class and race

Key texts

​​Bibliography
 

Seminar 2: Roberto Arlt: Modernity, Anarchy, Culture (RO) 

Key issues

  • Anarchism and modernism, modernism as anarchism
  • Urbanisation and mass culture
  • Immigration
  • Challenges to the lettered city

Key texts

  • Roberto Arlt, El juguete rabioso (1926)
  • Roberto Arlt, Los siete locos (1929)

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: (The Destruction of) Sovereignty and Subjectivity in Michel Laub, Clarice Lispector, and Juan Gabriel Vásquez (EB)

Key issues

  • Questions of identity and post-identity
  • The violence of Sovereignty/the Subject
  • Ontology and ethics
  • Animal/human subjectivity
  • Narratie as therapy
  • Family and social relations

Key texts

  • Michel Laub, Diario da Queda (CLAS Library)
  • Clarice Lispector, The Passion According to G.H. (ask CLAS Librarian)
  • Juan Gabriel Vásquez, Los informantes (CLAS LIbrary)

Bibliography
 

Seminar 5: The Haitian Revolution in Theory and Text (RO)

Key issues

  • Power and the writing of history
  • The Haitian revolution beyond Haiti
  • Race, power and representation

Key texts

  • Michel-Rolph Trouillot, Silencing the Past: Power and The Production of History (1995, reissued 2015), in particular "The Three Faces of Sans Souci" and "An Unthinkable History"
  • Alejo Carpentier, El reino de este mundo (1949)
  • Raoul Peck, Moloch Tropical (2009) (ask CLAS Librarian)

Bibliography
 

Seminar 6: Amauta, Indigenism and Modernity (NM)

Key Issues (AMAUTA available online here)

  • Art, politics and ethnicity
  • Indigenism and the avant-gardes
  • Cosmopolitanism and “Local" vanguards
  • Intellectual networks

Key texts

  • José Carlos Mariátegui. “Arte, revolución y decadencia”, Amauta, Lima, 3 (November 1926): 3-4. In Mariátegui total, Sandro Mariátegui Chiappe, ed., 2 vols. (Lima: Editorial Amauta,  1994): I, p. 553-554.
  • José Carlos Mariátegui, “José Sabogal”, Amauta, Lima, 6 (febrero de 1927): 9-10. In Mariátegui total, Sandro Mariátegui Chiappe, ed., 2 vols. (Lima: Editorial Amauta,  1994): I, p. 583-584.
  • José Carlos Mariátegui. “Presentación de Amauta”. Amauta, Lima, I, n. 1 (September 1926): 1.
  • José Carlos Mariátegui. “Aniversario y balance”. Amauta, Lima, III, n. 17 (September 1928): 1-3.
  • José Carlos Mariátegui. “El proceso de la literatura”. In Siete ensayos de interpretación de la realidad peruana, 1928. / Seven Interpretive Essays on Peruvian Reality. Introduction by Jorge Basadre. Translated by Marjory Uquidi. Revised edition. Austin: The University of Texas Press, 1988.

Bibliography