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    SPA 533SEM - Topics-Fiction, Truth, And Post-Truth
    Topics-Fiction, Truth, And Post-Truth CUL Enrollment Information (not real time - data refreshed nightly)
    Class #:   20153   Enrollment Capacity:   24
    Section:   CUL   Enrollment Total:   10
    Credits:   3.00 credits   Seats Available:   14
    Dates:   08/28/2017 - 12/08/2017   Status:   OPEN
    Days, Time:   R , 4:00 PM - 6:40 PM
    Room:   Clemen 930 view map
    Location:   North Campus      
    In 2016, Oxford Dictionaries declared post-truth (la posverdad in Spanish) as the international word of the year. Defined as ?relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief,? post-truth is understood to have been a significant factor in the surprising Brexit vote in the U.K., the Trump election in the U.S., and the FARC referendum in Colombia. For literary scholars, post-truth is a new addition to an old lexicon that we deploy to talk about the relationship between words and reality, fiction and truth. In this course we will study the contemporary operation of post-truth (and the related terms fake news and alternative facts) through the lenses of theoretical approaches that will include semiotics and theories of affect. And we?ll look to contemporary works of Hispanic fiction for insights into how we might decipher this post-truth world. The course is conducted in Spanish. Short essays and a research paper will be submitted in Spanish. Readings are in Spanish and English.
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    This is a three-credit course with variable content. Please check Department website for semester offerings, prerequisites, language of instruction, and other details.
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