SPAN 3750

SPAN 3750

Course information provided by the Courses of Study 2023-2024.

What can laughter do?  Upon reading a funny passage by Jorge Luis Borges, Michel Foucault observed that his ensuing laughter "shattered all the familiar landmarks of my thought."  The implication is that humor is an analytic: a way of revealing the relationships that underlie society.  This course will explore how laughter has been mobilized in Latin American literature and film to probe social hierachies and create community through shared pleasure.  We will study the affordances of comedy, satire, and the absurd, in connection with subjects that some might consider "no laughing matter."

When Offered Fall.

Prerequisites/Corequisites Prerequisite: SPAN 2095, or permission of instructor.

Distribution Category (ALC-AS, CA-AS)
Language Requirement Satisfies Option 1.

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 3 Credits GradeNoAud

  • 18449 SPAN 3750   SEM 101

  • Instruction Mode: In Person
    Prerequisite: SPAN 2095, or permission of instructor.