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L61 Focus 170First-Year Seminar: Bodies in Brazil: Race, Representation and Nation3.0 Units
Description:This course will examine the cultural expressions of the body in Brazil from an interdisciplinary perspective. We will examine how ideas about bodies -- both individual bodies and the "body of the nation" -- have mattered in Brazil's history and been expressed through art, literature, and film. We will also analyze how the body features in culturals forms, from Carnival to capoeira, from the "Globeleza" competition to the sensual politics of Anitta and Pabllo Vittar, and from indigenous body decoration to disability arts. Moving from the formation of national identity to contemporary culture, we will explore the multiple ways in which bodies are made to matter in Brazil. Rather than proceed in pure chronological order, this course will move dynamically between the past and the present, between different scales of time and space, and between cultural forms and everyday practices. Our materials span disciplines such as cultural studies, anthropology, sociology, and history, offering a broad array of angles from which to understand the significance of bodies in Brazil. We will address a wide range of topics, including slavery and national formation, modernist reimaginings of the social body, gender and sexuality, Brazilian Carnival, violence and incarceration, urban space, indigenous peoples, capoeira, hunger, religion, and the political significance of contemporary Brazilian pop stars.
Instruction Type:Classroom instruction Grade Options:CPA Fees:
Course Type:IdentSame As:L45 170Frequency:None / History


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