I began teaching in the Department of French, Hispanic, and Italian Studies at the University of British Columbia in 2010 and now, I am so excited to teach in the “Authority and Resistance” theme in the Arts One Program! I attended a large university for my undergraduate degree (Michigan State University), but as an English and Spanish major in the Faculty of Arts, I always had a close relationship with my peers and ample opportunities to actively participate in my classes and to interact with my instructors. This is one of the many benefits the Arts One program offers to first year students at UBC as well and I am so happy to be a part of it.
In FHIS, I teach all levels of our Spanish language curriculum and coordinate Beginner’s Spanish II (Spanish 102), so I often get the chance to work directly with students during their first year at UBC and to see them through our major and minor programs in Spanish. Apart from teaching Spanish language, I often offer content courses in Spanish and in English that grapple with all aspects of the Hispanic context, but with a particular focus on popular culture, resistance, gender, and (post)revolution in Latin America. I am most interested in looking at how revolution as concept and practice is first imagined in first-hand accounts of major leaders and icons of revolution – Che Guevara (Argentina, Cuba), Subcomandante Marcos (Mexico) – and then disseminated, exported to other movements, and transformed through art, music, and film.
Similar questions and connections, as well as others dealing with the power dynamics of political change, have guided my selection of texts for the “Authority and Resistance” theme in the Arts One Program. My lectures will showcase some of the foundational literatures of war and revolution in a Hispanic Context – from Hemingway’s For Whom the Bell Tolls, which highlights the gruesome reality of the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939) to Ernesto “Che” Guevara’s literary-theoretical and practical guides to revolution in Latin America (Reminiscences of the Cuban Revolutionary War and Guerrilla Warfare) to Gabriel García Márquez’s short story “One of These Days” – a chilling metaphor of the effects of totalitarian dictatorship on the masses– to the New Song Movements from the 60s to present day, shaped by voices like Silvio Rodríguez (Cuba), Victor Jara (Chile), Manú Chao (France/Spain), and Rage Against the Machine (USA). Together, we will evaluate to what extent such artists and authors contribute to the political and ideological foundations born out of the innate dichotomy produced by authority and resistance in their specific contexts and beyond.