Tales of Resistance: Modernity and the Latin American Short Story|
Spring 2011 not offered
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, as well as immigration to Europe and the United States.
Intercultural Literacy, Writing
Through close reading of short stories and discussion of
cultural issues , students will have the opportunity to focus on the
manner in which they interpret texts and build arguments. The
required papers, spread out over the semester, will permit students to
hone their writing skills in Spanish. Since it is expected that students
will participate in classroom discussion, they will also have the
opportunity to practice their spoken Spanish.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (HISP)(LAST)(RMST)
Horacio Quiroga (Uruguayan)
Carlos Fuentes (Mexican)
Rosario Castellanos (Mexican)
Juan Rulfo (Mexican)
Jorge Luis Borges (Argentine)
Julio Cortázar (Argentine)
Gabriel García Márquez (Colombian)
Julia Alvárez (Puerto Rican)
Isabel Allende (Chilean)
Roberto Bolaño (Chilean)
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Four 4-5 page papers. All assignments will involve close reading of texts and contextualization.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
This class is intended for students who have completed SPAN 221 or the equivalent. SPAN 226 is recommended but not required. Readings, written assignments, and class discussion will be in Spanish.
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