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Jorge Pérez


ProfessorPh.D., University of California at Santa Barbara

Jorge Pérez

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SPN 379C • Capstone Seminar In Lit & Cul

44550 • Fall 2019
Meets TTH 2:00PM-3:30PM CAL 221

Brings together central issues, concepts, and themes that define Iberian or Latin American literatures and cultures, while focusing on a specific case-study or case-studies.

LAS 370S • Intro To Literatures/Culs

39865 • Fall 2018
Meets TTH 2:00PM-3:30PM BEN 1.108
(also listed as SPN 328C)

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ILA 387 • Relig/Mod In 20th/21st Cen.

45760 • Fall 2017
Meets T 2:00PM-5:00PM BEN 1.118

In this course, we will examine the role of religion in the process of modernization Spain has undergone in the 20th and early 21st century. The starting point will be to challenge three conceptual platitudes ingrained in the field: 1) Spain’s modernization did not start until the end of the Franco regime in 1975; 2) the assumption that religion was an obstacle to that supposedly belated modernization; 3) religion has always been co-opted by politically conservative forces and, thereby, is irrelevant to academic studies of the worthy liberal cultural tradition in Spain. Drawing on a body of post-secular theory (Jürgen Habermas, Charles Taylor, Talal Asad, and José Casanova), we will probe the tendency to theorize Spain’s path to modernity (loosely defined and simplistically confused with modernization) through the prism of a secularist position that obliterates religion from the cultural archive. By analyzing key literary texts and films, we will zoom in on several crucial historical moments when religion was at the forefront of cultural debates:

-In intellectual debates leading up to the Spanish Civil War

-Its appropriation as a political tool from both sides of the war conflict

-Its role as a double-edged sword to legitimize or destabilize the Franco regime

-Its role to shape the course of the transition to a modern democracy

-Religion in Spain’s multicultural society today

Texts include San Manuel Bueno, Mártir (Miguel de Unamuno), Réquiem por un campesino español (Ramón J. Sender), Tiempo de silencio (Luis Martín Santos), and Reivindicación del Conde don Julián (Juan Goytisolo). Also, we will analyze films by Basilio Martín Patino, Luis César Amadori, Carlos Saura, Pedro Almodóvar, Alejandro Amenábar, and Icíar Bollaín. Theoretical readings will include texts by Giorgio Agamben, Emile Durkheim, Michel Foucault, Julia Kristeva, Charles Taylor, and Max Weber.

LAS 370S • Intro To Literatures/Culs

40500 • Fall 2017
Meets TTH 9:30AM-11:00AM BEN 1.122
(also listed as SPN 328C)

Taught in Spanish. Overview of Iberian and/or Latin American literatures and cultures, including the arts and popular expressions, from a multidisciplinary perspective. Among the regions studied are Spain; North, Central, and South America; the Caribbean; and related areas in Africa.

LAS 370S • Intro To Literatures/Culs

40550 • Spring 2017
Meets MWF 12:00PM-1:00PM PAR 206
(also listed as SPN 328C)

May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Taught in Spanish. Overview of Iberian and/or Latin American literatures and cultures, including the arts and popular expressions, from a multidisciplinary perspective. Among the regions studied are Spain; North, Central, and South America; the Caribbean; and related areas in Africa.

SPN 350K • Screening Spanish Natl Iden

46542 • Spring 2017
Meets MWF 10:00AM-11:00AM CLA 0.118

Examines important themes in Iberian, Latin American, or African societies and examines their treatment in audiovisual and media production.

Topic 1: Gender Issues in Contemporary Latin American Cinema. Same as Latin American Studies 370S (Topic 24) and Women's and Gender Studies 335 (Topic 6). Studies Latin American cinema as a device of gender system formation and reinforcement, and as criticism of patriarchal hegemony; discusses questions related to sexuality depicted in Latin American films. Subjects covered include: maternity, prostitution, machismo, children's sexuality, homosexuality, heterosexuality, and gender violence in films from the 1930s to present.

Topic 2: Violence in Spanish Film. Focus on representations of violence in film from and about Spain since the 1920s to present. Includes the Spanish Civil War, torture, and other state-sanctioned violence; children and violence; violence against women; homophobic violence; terrorism; and ethnic and racist violence.

Topic 3: Latin American Film and Culture. Same as Latin American Studies 370S (Topic 25: Latin American Film and Culture). Overview of Latin American cinema from the silent era to present, with an emphasis on the last forty years. Subjects covered include: the development of the film industry (particularly in Argentina and Mexico in the 1930s and 1940s); the "New Wave" of Latin American cinema in the 1960s; and contemporary trends.

Topic 4: Latin American Literature and Film. Same as Latin American Studies 370S (Topic 26: Latin American Literature and Film). Studies, in a broad sense, the connections between Latin American cinema and literature, through extensive readings and in-class movie exhibitions. A number of renowned literary works by Latin American authors and their film versions will be analyzed with a comparative approach.

Topic 5: Mediascapes: Literature and Media in the Caribbean. Same as Latin American Studies 370S (Topic 28). Analyzes the relationship between literature and media technologies in contemporary Caribbean cultures. Examination of the notion and uses of Caribbean mediascapes; in other words, the uses of media technologies derived from film, television, the internet and YouTube, and the ways they are used and read in the Spanish Caribbean.

Topic 6: Indigenous Voices: From Nezahualcoyotl to Radio. Same as Latin American Studies 370S (Topic 29). Examines how Indigenous writers, intellectuals, and cultural producers have creatively established their own voices through writing and other forms of media.

 

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