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U96 DLA 6117Popular Culture in Latin America3.0 Units
Description:This course examines popular culture in Latin America both as it thrives today and as it has developed historically since the 1800s, when countries achieved their independence. We will study different forms of cultural practice, analyzing how they become "popular" and how they involve connections between artistic expression, politics, economics, ethnicity, and race. The class will consider differences between "high culture" and popular culture; folklore traditions; the impact of modernization and the dream of "being modern"; the role of the media; and the growth of globalized popular culture. Our cultural geography will survey the gauchos (cowboys) of Argentina and Uruguay; national dances such as salsa and reggaeton in the Caribbean; forms of cultural resistance to military rule in Chile; and the pervasive economic, political, and emotional power of soccer (fútbol). Students will examine the best-selling novel The Gaucho Juan Moreira, the engaging political essay "The Open Veins of Latin America," stories of urban life, and contemporary texts that explore the rise of populism (elites vs. others), dictatorship and social revolution, and the immigrant experience. We will also consider examples of music; films including The Secret in Their Eyes and Paper in the Wind; and a pair of riveting television series (telenovelas) from Mexico and Argentina.
Instruction Type:Classroom instruction Grade Options:CPA Tuition:$2,925.00 Fees:
Course Type:IdentSame As:U98 5117Frequency:None / History


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