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Instructor Info:Norman Holland
Term: 2013F
Meeting Info: Tuesday Thursday
09:00 AM - 10:20 AM Emily Dickinson Hall (EDH) 4
09:00 AM - 10:20 AM Emily Dickinson Hall (EDH) 4
06:30 PM - 08:30 PM Emily Dickinson Hall (EDH) 4

Recent narratives and films from Latin America have addressed and problematized the relationship between technology and human identity. This tutorial examines the ways in which cultural productions figure the encounter and interface between machine and organism in order to make sense of recent social and political realities. These texts provide glimpses of the human reality of most of Latin America, where "economies race ahead," but their human components are more or less forgotten. Calss discussions will be based on writings by  Clarice Lispector, Manuel Puig, Ricardo Piglia, Alicia Borinsky, and Diamela Eltit. The following films will be screened to supplement our cultural knowledge and enrich our dialogue:  La teta asustada, La mujer sin cabeza, Juan de los muertos, and XXY.

Course Objectives:

For good or for ill, the global era of posthuman possibilities is beginning.  Not that humans have died out, but that the human as a concept has been questioned by history and discarded by technology.  We are already posthuman.  What does that mean? What new modes of subjectivity are emerging?  How do we undersatnd our present? What will be our role in a cyborg society?  In class conversations and in individual essays, we will begin to draft provisional answers to these and other questions as the semester unfolds.  After this course, you should be able to identify some of the major issues, including the bodily embodiments of the virtual, and evaluate a  text’s potential to bridge or reinforce these cultural manifestations.

Pedagogically, the course will address the following cumulative skills: Writing and Reserach, Multiple Cultural Perspectives and Independent Work. 


Evaluation Criteria:

Course evaluation will be based on :

 Contribution to the class discussions based on timely/daily course readings

Short written responses

Four 4-5 page essays; three at least revised.

Research project consisting of proposal/abstract/thesis paragraph based on a working (annotated) bibliography of at least 5 outside sources (scholarly article or chapter from an acdemic book).

Portfolio is due Friday, Dec. 13, 2013.  Include all response papers, essays and research proposal.

If requirements are not met, you will NOT receive a written evaluation.

See below for incomplete policy.

Additional Info:

Class preparation: In this course, you are expected to spend at least 6 to 8 hours a week preparing for class.  Weeks when formal essays are due expect to spend an additional 4 to 6 hours. 

We will meet on four (4) Monday evening meetings at 6:30 p.m. to screen the following films:La teta asustada, La mujer sin cabeza, Juan de los muertos, and XXY.The corresponding dates are Monday, September 16, October 7, October 28, and November 18.Screenings will be in EDH 4 at 6:30 p.m..  Friends are invited to attend. You are required to see the films before the Tuesday class discussion.  The DVD will be available at the library reserve the weekend before in case you cannot attend the actual Monday evening screening.

Plagarism: Plagiarism is the representation of someone else's work as one's own. Both deliberate and inadvertent misrepresentations of another's work as your own are considered plagiarism and are serious breaches of academic honesty and integrity. All sources used or consulted in the process of writing papers, examinations, preparing oral presentations, course assignments, artistic productions, and so on, must be cited. Sources include material from books, journals or any other printed source, the work of other students, faculty, or staff, information from the Internet, software programs and other electronic material, designs and ideas. All cases of suspected plagiarism or academic dishonesty will be referred to the Dean of Advising who will review documentation and meet with student and faculty member.

Incomplete:  If you request and and I agree that an incomplete is appropriate, that information must be recorded no later than the course completion summary deadline for the semester. To record an incomplete, both you and I will fill out the appropriate form to record the new negotiated deadline by which you will complete all remaining work for the course. Otherwise you will not receive an evaluation.