The Symbol of Caliban: Art of Decolonization in Latin America and the Caribbean

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: The Arts

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Caliban: Art of Decolonization

Spring 2021

Taught By: Iliana Cepero

Section: A

CRN: 7002

Credits: 4

In 1971, Cuban writer Roberto Fernández Retamar wrote "Calibán: Notes Toward a Discussion of Culture in Our America," an essay that would present a figure that would become a symbol of liberation from colonialism and neo-colonialism for developing countries around the world. Inspired by the characters from William Shakespeare’s The Tempest, Caribbean and Latin American writers used the dichotomy between Calibán and Ariel to address the colonial condition of their region. This course provides an overview of foundational essays that aimed to define racial and cultural identity in Latin America and the Caribbean, from José Martí’s “Our America” and José Enrique Rodó’s “Ariel” to Aimé Césaire’s “Notebook of a Return to the Native Land” and Franz Fanon’s Black Skin, White Masks, among others. We will also explore artworks related to racializing policies and decolonizing projects in Latin America and the Caribbean. We will particularly focus on how the Negritude movement in the francophone world infused Surrealism with a sense of anti-colonial politics through the work of Césaire, René Menil, Jean-Paul Sartre, and others, the decolonizing projects in Puerto Rico, and the roots of the racial conflict between Dominican Republic and Haiti. This upper-level course is restricted to sophomores, juniors, and seniors.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: The Arts (LARS)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: N/A
Online Withdrawal Deadline: N/A

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Open*

*Status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 3:15pm 7/4/2020 EDT

Meeting Info:

Days: Monday, Wednesday

Times: 4:00pm - 5:40pm

Building: Eugene Lang 65 W11th

Room: 464

Date Range: 1/20/2021 - 5/10/2021