(This course originates in Comparative Literature)
Day/Time: Friday, 11am - 1:45pm
Instructor: Ana Dopico
Instruction Mode: In Person
Description: Inspired by the work of poets, writers, theorists, philosophers, and artists from the Caribbean and the U.S. South, this seminar lives in the figural eye of hurricanes, in a space of thought that probes the aesthetics, poetics, politics and radical invention that emerge from traumatic environmental memory and climate catastrophe. We will consider the historical, environmental, cultural and political impact of major hurricanes in the Caribbean and the U.S. South. We will trace "hurricane generations" in cultural production: how Hurricane Abby, Andrew, Katrina, and María and others created maelstrom of danger, destruction, and generative power in culture. We will map the geopolitics of hurricanes, and consider the tension between the aesthetics, the empirical, and the everyday imaginaries of hurricanes. We will take up vanguard movements and interdisciplinary crossings between poetics, prose, anthropology, art, and cultural theory. We will move from Fernando Ortiz's signal El Huracán to Zora Neale Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God, to Kamau Brathwaite, Derek Walcott, Guillén, Franketienne, Dionne Brand, Edouard Glissant, Sylvia Winter, and others who write hurricane poetics and hurricane philosophy We will consider the genealogy of the hurricane in painting and the arts, from Winslow Homer's Hurricane in the Bahamas to the realm of environmental art like Teresita Fernández's work in Maelstrom. We will consider a range of work from Cuban, Dominican, Haitian and Puerto Rican and U.S. arts and culture emerging from hurricanes through art, literature and film.