Spanish 135.3: Casa Tomada: Literatura, Arquitectura, Poder

MWF 2-3P, VLSB 2062 | Instructor: McEnaney | CCN: 22226

Units: 4

From the claustrophobic spaces of Cortázar’s private rooms or Matías Celedón’s workplaces to the ruins and underground worlds of Antonio José Ponte, the labyrinths and mirrored mansions of Borges, the brutalist monuments of Maples Arce, the city streets of Norah Lange, or the prefabricated constructions of Fabián Casas, Latin American authors have often turned to architecture in their novels, poems, or stories to reimagine the material world and transform the look, sound and shape of literature itself. In this course we will talk about writers and buildings in Argentina, Chile, Cuba, and Mexico during periods of political and artistic revolution, and discuss how their written work engages architecture to think about questions of popular power, housing equality, artistic design, acoustics, and urbanism. We will also look at films, photographs, and paintings to question the limits of literature and ask how different technologies of representation and production—including 3D printing—might help us remake our own constructed world.