The Uses of the Past: Literature and History in Latin America|
Spring 2007 not offered
This course aims to examine literary representations of major Latin American political and social events. By focusing on watershed developments such as the Wars of Independence, the Mexican Revolution, and the establishment of dictatorial regimes from 1930s on, we will analyze the ways in which these key events have informed a series of 20th century texts. We will also study the role played by fiction in recreating, counteracting and questioning official historical narrations. By doing so, this class will explore the complex interactions between language and reality, the place of fiction in the construction of "truth," and the symbolic strategies developed by canonical intellectuals in order to resist self-legitimating historical discourses and present alternative versions of the past.
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|Course Format: Lecture/Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (LAST)(RMST)
Mariano Azuela, THE UNDERDOGS
Gabriel García Márquez, ONE HUNDRED YEARS OF SOLITUDE
Tomas Eloy Martinez, SANTA EVITA
Manuel Puig, THE KISS OF THE SPIDER WOMAN
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3 short papers (3-4 pages); 1 final paper (6-8 pages). Readings, discussions and papers in English.
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