New World Baroque in Art, Architecture, and Literature

Three Mondays, September 8, 15 (rescheduled to Oct 13), and 22, 7–8:30 P.M. | Compass Bank Building, Second Floor, 2001 Kirby at San Felipe

During the seventeenth century the Baroque style was exported from Catholic Europe to its colonies around the world. The visual and verbal forms—ample, dynamic, and permeable—were adapted by indigenous and African laborers and artisans who built and decorated the New World Baroque Catholic structures.

In this course, Lois Zamora will discuss how the Baroque continues to operate—in fact, never ceased to operate—in many Latin American art forms, including contemporary Latin American literature. Her lectures will complement the November study tour to Puebla, Mexico, and will greatly enrich and inform the experience. This course is also intended to be a stand-alone series for those seeking an in-depth introduction to the New World Baroque accompanied by a carefully composed reading list.

Recommended reading: Chapters 1 and 2, Lois Parkinson Zamora, The Inordinate Eye: New World Baroque and Latin American Fiction (University of Chicago Press, 2006); and Alejo Carpentier, “The Baroque and the Marvelous Real” in Lois Parkinson Zamora and Wendy B. Faris, eds., Magical Realism: Theory, History, Community (Duke University Press, 1995).
Reading for Sept 8 class: Alejo Carpentier, "The Baroque and the Marvelous Real" (pdf format)

September 15 (rescheduled to Oct 13): SAINTS AND SINNERS: THE BAROQUE SELF
Recommended reading: Chapter 4, Zamora, The Inordinate Eye; and Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Of Love and Other Demons (Alfred A. Knopf, 1995).

Chapter 5, Zamora, The Inordinate Eye; and Jorge Luis Borges, Labyrinths: Selected Stories and Other Writings (Modern Library, 1983).

Additional recommended reading: John Rupert Martin, Baroque (Harper and Row, 1977); and Robert Harbison, Reflections on Baroque (University of Chicago Press, 2000).

Lois Zamora is professor of comparative literature in the departments of English, Spanish, and art at the University of Houston.

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Registration is now open. You may register online, by mail, or by phone with a credit card. 


The interest list for the fall and spring study tours is also now open. If you are interested in traveling with the Houston Seminar to Natchez in the fall of 2018 or Virginia in the spring of 2019, please call the registrar at 713.666.9000 to place your name on a list. Please see Terms and Conditions for "travel list" policy.


Please note a date in the Mid-term Elections course has changed from that published in the brochure. The course will meet the first two Mondays, October 29 and November 5 as planned, but will meet Tuesday, November 13 instead of Monday, November 12. 


Also note Art Underground: Carlos Cruz-Diez at the Cistern is FULLY SUBSCRIBED. Please contact the registrar if you would like to be wait listed for this course. 


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