Middlebury Language School Graduate Programs

 

Liria C. Evangelista

Associate Director of Graduate Studies
Buenos Aires, Argentina

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Liria C. Evangelista, from Buenos Aires, Argentina, earned her M.A. and Ph.D. from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and taught at Middlebury College and Dickinson College. As Associate Professor, she teaches Latin American History, Latin American and Argentine Literature, and Cultural History of 19th and 20th Centuries at the Universidad de Belgrano. She also works for the Middlebury Program in Latin America, where she teaches the course Writing for Cultural and Linguistic Competence.
A specialist in cultural studies, literary theory and Argentine Literature, she has published a book on the issues of cultural memory during post-dictatorship Argentina, as well as several articles on Latin American and Spanish Literature. She also taught two courses at the National Museum of Fine Arts in Buenos Aires: Art and Horror during the 19th Century and Popular Literature in the 19th Century. In June 2009, she published her first novel, La Buena Educación.

 

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SPAN 6560 - Literary Analysis      

This course will introduce the graduate student to the techniques of literary analysis, critical thinking, reading, and interpreting Hispanic literary texts. It is divided into three segments, each of which is devoted to the analytic strategies pertinent to one major genre: narrative, poetry, and drama. Each student will write several papers and actively participate in class discussions. (1 unit)

Required texts: Antonio Sobejano-Morán, Tornasol (Panda Publications, newest edition); Lope de Vega, La dama boba (Madrid: Cátedra, newest edition).

Literature

Summer 2011

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SPAN 6580 - Literary Theory      

The aim of this course is to introduce students to the various schools that set the grounds for modern literary and cultural criticism. Class discussions will concentrate on the understanding of theoretical texts, as well as, on the reading and analysis of literature and cultural products. We will engage with the main theoretical currents of our time such as structuralism, postructuralism, feminism, and cultural studies. (1 unit)

Required text: Electronic material provided at Middlebury.

Literature

Summer 2011

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SPAN 6613A - Tango: Nation & Identity      

THIS COURSE IS TAUGHT IN BUENOS AIRES

When tango was born in Buenos Aires, in the second half of the 19th-century, Argentina was undergoing profound changes. With the arrival of millions of immigrants, the shape of the city and its society began an intense process of modernization. A product from the bordello and a “threat” to national identity, tango came to be a global success in only twenty years. Acclaimed in Paris and New York, tango became a symbol for Argentina and its new ways of thinking about sexuality, gender, and class relations. This course treats tango as a cultural artifact that condenses many of the key debates about the relationships between popular culture and society. Through the study of tango lyrics, plays, films, novels, and other cultural productions, this course proposes a critical analysis of theoretical problems such as national identity, gender studies, and the consumption of culture in a global era. The course combines lectures with seminar-style classes encouraging discussion and participation. Students will also have to visit different places in the city of Buenos Aires that are clearly linked to the history of tango. (1 unit)

This course is cross-listed with Literature.

Civ Cul & Soc Literature

Summer 2013

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SPAN 6635A - Latin American Contemp Art      

THIS COURSE IS TAUGHT IN BUENOS AIRES

Latin American Contemporary Art

The aim of this course is to introduce students to Latin American Contemporary Art and its relations with historical, political, and aesthetic contexts in our region. We will reflect upon fundamental issues of todas art: the affective , conceptual, and ironic role of artists in creation; the relationship with the market, the presence in biennials, the pursue of formal procedures, and the problematization of artistic languages. The course will provide tolos of visual and critical analysis in order to think the complex status of the image within latin american production. We will study a variety of artists: Nicola Constantino, Graciela Sacco (Argentina), Ligya Clark, Vic Muniz, Cildo Meireles and Adriana Varejao (Brazil), Alfredo Jaar (Chile), Los Carpinteros and KCHO (Cuba), Doris Salcedo and Beatriz González (Colombia), Teresa Margolles, Francis Allys and Elena Climent (Mexico), among others. (1 unit)

Civ Cul & Soc

Summer 2013

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SPAN 6676A - Political Violence Mem & Cult      

THIS COURSE IS TAUGHT IN BUENOS AIRES

Political Violence, Memory and Cultural Representation

The aim of this course is to study cultural and human responses to the violence of political repression in Spanish America. Central to the theoretical and critical corpus of the course is the multidisciplinary work of scholars writing in response to historical violence, which posed questions regarding social trauma, the links between mourning and memory, and the social and cultural role of artistic creation. The theoretical dimension of the topic will be discussed in class through the reflection on key critical works and will provide the necessary framework for the analysis of primary sources, such as literature, film, art, oral history, journalism and popular music. In order to introduce students to the complex issues of memory and violence in its subjective and social dimension, the course will focus on the study of three different moments of Spanish American history. The main topics discussed will be a) the aftermath of traumatic political events and its long lasting effects on the present, b) the use of historical memory and c) dictatorships and democratic transitions in Chile, Uruguay, and Argentina (special attention will be given to the latter). (1 unit)

This course is cross-listed with Literature.

Civ Cul & Soc Literature

Summer 2012, Summer 2013, Summer 2014 Language Schools

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SPAN 6690A - Lit of Argentina & Uruguay      

THIS COURSE IS TAUGHT IN BUENOS AIRES

Literature of Argentina and Uruguay

In this course we will focus in the development of a national, regional, and urban literary identity. In order to reflect upon the sources of this identity, we will read “gauchesca” literature from the 19th-century and we will confront it vis a vis with the representation of the “gaucho” during the 19th-, 20th-, and 21st-centuries.We will also read fundamental avant garde texts from the 20¨s and 30´s of the 20th-century: Borges, Arlt, Girondo, Storni, and Juana de Ibarborou. We will discuss the way in which avant garde movements in the Río de la Plata build the concept of “the new” while also looking to their shared past and traditions. The 60´s (Cortázar, Onetti) will be discussed as new ways of practicing narrative techniques in the area. We will read Manuel Puig as a new critical approach to the emergence of new identities. We will also read authors such as the argentinean Aira, the uruguayan Marosa di Giorgio, and others, reflecting upon the different ways in which new technologies and knowledge are dealt with in the region and in Latin America. (1 unit)

Required text: Course pack for purchase in Argentina.

Literature

Summer 2013

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INTD 1146 - Political Violence      

Political Violence, Memory and Cultural Representation
In this course we will study cultural and human responses to the violence of genocide politics and the political repression of terrorist state in Latin America. Central to the theoretical and critical corpus of the course is the multidisciplinary work of scholars writing in response to historical violence, with questions regarding social trauma, the links between mourning and memory, and the social and cultural role of artistic creation. In order to introduce students to the complex issues of memory and violence in its subjective and social dimension, we will analyze a variety of sources, such as literature, film, art, oral history, journalism, and popular music. This course is taught in English

AAL PHL WTR

Winter 2014

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