Topics in Central American Literature: Myth and History in Central America|
Fall 2010 not offered
In this course we study the relationship between myth and history in Central America since its origins in the POPOL VUH until the period of the postcivil-war era. The course is organized in a chronological manner. We will study, in addition to the POPOL VUH, the chronicles of Alvarado, some poems by Rubén Darío and Francisco Gavidia, and some of the writings of Miguel Ángel Asturias and Salarrué. The course will end with a study of critical visions of the mythical presented by more contemporary authors such as Roque Dalton and Horacio Castellanos Moya. We will also read some critical readings about the relationship of myth, literature, and history by Jacques LeGoff, Hans Blumenberg, Lionel Gossman, and Claude Lévi-Strauss.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (LAST)
Popol Vuh (fragmentos)
Pedro de Alvarado, Cartas de relación de la conquista de América (selección)
Rubén Darío, (selección de poemas)
Francisco Gavidia, (selección de poemas)
Miguel Ángel Asturias, Leyendas de Guatemala (selección)
Salarrué, Catleya Luna
Claribel Alegría, Cenizas de Izalco
Roque Dalton, (selección de poemas)
|Examinations and Assignments: |
3 short papers (3-4 pgs.); one final paper (6-8 pgs.)
Regular attendance, preparation and active participation in classroom discussions will constitute an essential basis for evaluation. Students will also be expected to lead one class discussion. Preparation for leading class discussions will be done with the professor and the student will be required to submit discussion questions in advance.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
This course 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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