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Animals in Latin American Literature

SPAN 326

In this course, we will study representations of animals in Latin American culture and examine why writers and artists thought with animals to work through human questions of gender, race, and sexuality. Specifically, we will look at topics including metamorphosis, pets, evolution, indigenous cosmologies, and the consumption of animals as meat. Through the lens of the nonhuman animal, students will be introduced to different questions that preoccupied thinkers in 20th and 21st century Latin America.