Tales of Resistance: Modernity and the Latin American Short Story|
|Course Cluster and Certificates: Caribbean Studies Minor|
Latin American writers from the early 20th century forward have regarded the short story as a vehicle through which to make their mark and engage the great cultural issues of the day. Jorge Luis Borges and Julio Cortázar, two of Latin America's most well-known literary figures, dedicated their careers almost exclusively to the genre. In this course, as we consider the privileged status of the short story in Latin American letters, we will examine the ways in which writers have used the genre to comment on important aspects of modernization, both within and outside their respective countries. Some of those aspects will concern the Mexican Revolution, bourgeois and mass culture, nationalism, globalization, and immigration to Europe and the U.S.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Student Option|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (HISP)(LAST)(RMST)
||Past Enrollment Probability: 50% - 74%
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Horacio Quiroga (Uruguayan)
Carlos Fuentes (Mexican)
Rosario Castellanos (Mexican)
Juan Rulfo (Mexican)
Jorge Luis Borges (Argentine)
Julio Cortázar (Argentine)
Sergio Bizzio (Argentine)
Gabriel García Márquez (Colombian)
Rosario Ferré (Puerto Rican)
Isabel Allende (Chilean)
Roberto Bolaño (Chilean)
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Three 4-5 page papers in addition to short reaction papers for each class. All assignments will involve close reading of texts and contextualization.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
This class is intended for students who have completed at least SPAN 221 or the equivalent with a B- or better. Students who have not done so should consult with the professor before pre-registering. Readings, written assignments, and class discussion will be in Spanish. Only COL students may take this course CR/U. -- Reading and writing are the best ways for adult learners to improve their spoken Spanish. You will therefore improve all of your language skills in this course.
On Tuesdays, this class will meet online. On Thursdays it will meet in two groups. The in-person group will meet at the assigned class time, preferably outside. The online group will meet at another time on this day that is mutually convenient. The professor reserves the right to cancel the in-person part of the class if it proves to be dangerous. In this case, other arrangements will be made for those students who are on campus so that they can meet in-person with the professor.
CONDITIONS FOR CR/U STUDENT OPTION
The Department of Romance Languages & Literatures normally does not recognize CR/U except for COL students. The reason is that learning effectively in another language calls for regular completion of multiple activities over the course of the term, including faithful attendance and informed participation. In our experience students have counted on grades to determine where to focus their efforts. Because of the pandemic we have made the CR/U option available, but it should be chosen only as a measure of last resort. Since a full university credit is involved no matter what the grading option, bear in mind that CR/U assumes students will complete all graded activities including attendance and participation satisfactorily. Remember, too, that the Hispanic Literatures & Cultures major and study abroad continue to require that courses be completed with a minimum grade. If you take your course CR/U, your professor will record the letter grade and the Spanish section will decide accordingly whether the grade is sufficient for you to continue to the next level, to study abroad, to meet the requirement for acceptance into the major, or for the course to count for the major. If you are having difficulties of any kind, we urge you to contact your professor immediately to see what can be done to address them.
|Instructor(s): Conn,Robert T. Times: ..T.R.. 11:10AM-12:30PM; Location: DWNY200; |
|Total Enrollment Limit: 18||SR major: 10||JR major: 3|| || |
|Seats Available: 5||GRAD: X||SR non-major: 1||JR non-major: 1||SO: 2||FR: 1|
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