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Mexican Modernisms

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Program Quick Facts

  • Location: Mexico City & Puebla, Mexico
  • Faculty Leaders: Hector Hoyos & Ximena Briceño
  • Arrival Date: June 24, 2024
  • Departure Date: July 14, 2024
  • Program Cost: $600
  • Academic Prerequisites: SPANLANG 13 or above recommended; concurrent enrollment with second-year Spanish language courses considered. Previous ILAC courses highly recommended.
  • Activity Level: Light/Moderate: Activities may include city walking tours, easy/short hikes, museum and other site visits as well as an occasional physical activity such as snorkeling, hiking, or kayaking.
  • Center for Disease Control and Prevention: Health Information for Travelers to Mexico
  • US State Department Country Information: Mexico
  • Visa Information: Consulate General of Mexico
  • Application Deadline:Monday, January 29, 2024 at 11:59 am PT

General Description

The course brings students to Mexico City to survey the shift to future-oriented modernisms in post-1876 Mexican cultural production. Veering away from traditionalism and bellelettism in leaps and bounds, the period's literature, painting, and architecture decisively engaged with the socio-political context that produced them. Masters across media may include Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, Dr. Atl, López Verarde, Juan Rulfo, Nellie Campobello, Elena Garro, Rosario Castellanos, Octavio Paz, Luis Barragán, and others. The course combines critical and practical learning through different activities, including seminar sessions, workshops, and site visits. Spanish fluency is required.

Learning Goals

In addition to surveying some of the most influential works of Mexican modernism across media and genres, students will gain cultural literacy about the Latin American megalopolis.

Living and Travel Conditions

Shared accommodation; ground travel.


Héctor Hoyos is Professor of Iberian and Latin American Cultures and, by courtesy, of Comparative Literature, as well as Director of the Center for Latin American Studies (2024-). He works on critical and literary theory vis-à-vis contemporary fiction.

Ximena Briceño has been Lecturer at the Department of Iberian and Latin American Cultures since 2008, where she also serves as Director of Undergraduate Studies (2024-). She works on theories of animality in literature and film.

Grading Basis

Letter Grade