Contemporary Latin American Fiction: Writing After the Boom|
Fall 2010 not offered
One of the characteristics of recent Latin American fiction is the interest in more open, relaxed forms of narration that focus on individual lives against the backdrop of specific social issues. In this course we examine this new experimentation with novelistic form as we look at several matters, including social and political violence, gay and heterosexual subjectivity, literary tradition, as well as artistic production. Several films will also be discussed.
Through close reading of recent Latin American novels and discussion of
cultural issues , students will have the opportunity to focus on the
manner in which they interpret texts and build arguments. The four
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: (LAST)(RMST)
César Aira (Argentine): Varamo, 2002
Fernando Vallejo (Colombian): La virgen de los sicarios, 1994
Laura Restrepo (Colombian): La multitud errante, 2003
Roberto Bolaño (Chilean): Nocturno de Chile, 2000
Mario Bellatín (Mexican): Salón de belleza, 1996; Perros héroes, 2003
Abilio Estévez (Cuban): Manuel de tentaciones, 1999
Mayra Montero (Cuban): La última noche que pasé contigo, 1992
Alejandro González Iñárritu (Mexican): "Amores perros", 2000
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Three papers (4-5 pp.) in addition to one-page reaction papers.
|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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