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.
September 8: THE EUROPEAN BAROQUE AND THE NEW WORLD BAROQUE: CONQUEST AND COUNTERCONQUEST
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).
September 22: TROMPE L’OEIL TRICKS: BAROQUE ILLUSIONISM
Chapter 5, Zamora, The Inordinate Eye; and Jorge Luis Borges, Labyrinths: Selected Stories and Other Writings (Modern Library, 1983).
Lois Zamora is professor of comparative literature in the departments of English, Spanish, and art at the University of Houston.
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Also note Art Underground: Carlos Cruz-Diez at the Cistern on Wednesday, November 14 is FULLY SUBSCRIBED. A second session has been added and will meet Monday, November 12 from 2:00-3:30 P.M. Registrations are being accepted for November 12. You may register online, or by phone.
AND WE ARE PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE A FALL POP-UP COURSE!
Who Gets to Vote: Challenges for the 2020 Elections?
Speaker: Dale Ho, director of the American Civil Liberties Union Voter Rights Project
Monday, November 19, 6:30-8:00 P.M.
Location to be announced
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