Spanish 280: Relationality: Networks of Latin America

M 3-6, Hearst Gym 245 | Instructor: Wolfson | CCN: 32375

Units: 4.0

From Édouard Glissant in 1990 to Davi Kopenawa in 2010, philosophers, poets and activists have in recent decades re-theorized the idea of relation to critique modernity’s epistemological and spatial divisions. This course explores how in Latin America, over the past two centuries, ideas of regionalism, internationalism and transnationalism have emerged in tandem with the connected aesthetic, political and philosophical concepts of the network and relationality. We will focus on Latin America as a region in an expanded sense — with a comparative approach that aims to think beyond national traditions.  We will consider the connections between ideas of regionalism and internationalism with technologies of communication alongside the histories of slavery, emancipation, independence, and new geopolitical alignments. Given these themes, we will think together about the ways in which theories of relationality (affect theory, media theory, feminism, translation, and psychoanalysis) from Latin America and abroad can be harnessed to explore transformative aesthetic shifts. Students will be encouraged to draw upon their own comparative and transnational interests in their final papers. This course is taught in English.