Literature, Films and Culture of Argentina
SPAN 3070 (3 credits) and SPAN 4600 (3 credits)
Options for graduate student credit are available
This course offers two experiences at a time. On the one hand, it is a study of the most important literature, films, and cultural aspects of modern Argentina. We will read some of the most famous authors that have made Argentina’s literature internationally recognized (like Borges!), and will watch several films of one of the most developed and interesting film industries in the continent. In doing so, we will understand the country’s social characteristics, and we will get to know its modern history. In other words, we will become experts in Argentinean culture, from its foundations in the nineteenth century, to contemporary art and film. The literature, movies, essays, and materials we will study, are not only a marvelous way into the country’s cultural identity, but they are also fascinating and beautiful pieces, guaranteeing that you will expand your horizons, and that you will be pretty entertained.
On the other hand, this course is an urban immersion into the “porteño” life, the life of the citizens of cosmopolitan Buenos Aires, one of the most exhilarating cities of Latin America’s southern cone. We will visit iconic neighborhoods, museums, sites, restaurants, “cafés”, and check out the surrounding “pampas” (the countryside surrounding Buenos Aires). We will eat “asados” (local BBQs), taste “mate” (local tea), dance tango, and speak Spanish all day long. On top of that, in this program you will stay with a local family, so you will have an authentic experience of the city, its people, and its customs. Additionally, besides the planned group activities, students will have plenty of time to wonder and explore on their own, forging their own memories of the trip and discovering the city on their own.
Altogether, this course is a great opportunity to travel, improve your Spanish skills, learn about Latin America, and expand your knowledge about the world.
Prerequisites: Intermediate Spanish level, SPAN 3030, or 3050, or former or current 2140, or instructor’s consent.
Dates: June 19-July 20, 2018 (first week in Laramie, the rest in Buenos Aires)
Cost: $3200 (excluding airfare, tuition, study abroad fees, and personal expenses).
Contact: Camilo Jaramillo (email@example.com)