SPAN 4374

SPAN 4374

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Benedict Anderson famously argued that nations are "imagined political communities." Following Anderson's claim, this course explores the different mechanisms at play in the act of imagining the nation and the ways in which art defines how a nation imagines itself. We will focus on Venezuela, and on the images that have historically defined its national identity: oil, ghosts, and beauty queens. As we discuss contemporary works of Venezuelan literature, film, and performance, we will ask: How do natural resources shape a nation's identity? What role does the past play in the coming together and coming apart of revolutions? How do notions of masculinity, femininity, and beauty define political power? And, finally, who gets to participate in the imagining of the nation, and who gets excluded?

When Offered Spring.

Breadth Requirement (GB)
Distribution Category (LA-AS, ALC-AS)

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 16608 SPAN 4374   SEM 101

  • Instruction Mode: In Person
    Conducted in Spanish.
    Enrollment limited to students who are able to attend in-person classes in the Ithaca area.