SPANISH 474 - Cities and Spaces in the Hispanic World
Fall 2019, Section 001 - Cities and Spaces in the Hispanic World
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: Spanish (SPANISH)
Department: LSA Romance Languages & Literatures
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Waitlist Capacity:
With permission of department.
Enforced Prerequisites:
Nine credits chosen between SPANISH 279 and 399; or two RCLANG 324 and six credits chosen between SPANISH 279 and 399.
May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit(s). May be elected more than once in the same term.
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This course will explore present-day urban spaces opened up by important migrations from the Andean countryside into the city. By interpreting the evolution of ethnicity in the modern Andes (Peru, Ecuador, and Bolivia), the course will conjecture on how ethnic conflict complicates the reading of aesthetic production and on how the reading of controversial images of today’s architecture contradict the traditional historical analysis of cities and spaces of the Hispanic world.

The course is thought out as a practice of discrepancy with present-day studies on contemporary architecture about newly constituted spaces organized by indigeneity –mainly the Aymara people of the Andes, and on how we intend to transgress disciplinary boundaries. Transgressions will allow us to question the apparently new aesthetical parameters conceived by the cultural habitus of ascendant urban indigeneity, which has built new strikingly colorful buildings as symbols of their newly attained prosperity.

One of the examples we will study are cholets –a play of the words chalet and cholo, the fast-growing-newly-formed Aymara middle-class--. These cholets constitute an urban space emerging from a rabbit hole into an electric Andean wonderland of vibrant, futuristic mansions. Built to change the scenery, cholets feature two-story ballrooms that show the cholo mercantile success. We will see how this success is also linked to ritual ceremonies and festivals, and to the consumption of beer. While exploring urban spaces, the course will touch, among other issues, the ritual and social performativity of alcohol consumption. Alcohol is exchanged through the construction of specific spatial and corporal mechanisms to produce a subtle game of rivalry and cholo alliances that underpin the whole social organization of this collective.

This course counts as elective credit for the Spanish minor.

Class Format:

The course will be taught in English. However, reading knowledge and capacity to communicate in Spanish are indispensable.


SPANISH 474 - Cities and Spaces in the Hispanic World
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001 (REC)
 In Person
MW 2:30PM - 4:00PM

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