The Uses of the Past: Literature and History in Latin America|
Fall 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 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, LOS DE ABAJO
Rosario Castellanos, OFICIO DE TINIEBLAS
Alejo Carpentier, EL REINO DE ESTE MUNDO
Manuel Puig, EL BESO DE LA MUJER ARAÑA
Gabriel García Márquez, CIEN AÑOS DE SOLEDAD
|Examinations and Assignments: |
3 short papers (3-4 pages); 1 final paper (6-8 pages). Readings, discussions and papers in Spanish.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
SPAN280 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.
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