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Gender and Alterity in Nineteenth Century Spanish American Writing
19C. Spanish American Studies
The focus of this course is the role of otherness in 19C. Spanish American literature, with particular attention to gender. We will analyze issues of gender, race, religion, and class and discuss how gender functions as an symbol through which nineteenth century texts engage with some of the key issues of the period. Drawing on theoretical writings from a variety of historical periods and cultural contexts, the course will consider the larger critical implications of gender and alterity and how they relate to questions of nationality, territory, power, and modernity. Although it is certainly not a comprehensive survey, the class is also designed to provide an overview of major works and authors of the period along with salient critical works from leading scholars in the field.