Cultures in Conflict: Latin American Novels of the 20th and 21st Centuries|
Fall 2010 not offered
In this course we will examine several important novels that deal with social and cultural dislocation in the context of revolution, civil war, and globalization. In addition to the crucial issue of innovation in literary form, we will ask ourselves how the novel represents local and national culture, as well as how it portrays the interconnection of power, gender and desire, cultures in conflict, marginalization, and violence. Works of essayists, historians, and theorists will assist us in defining context, as will films.
Intercultural Literacy, Interpretation
Through close reading of major 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 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: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
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Juan Rulfo (Mexico), PEDRO PÁRAMO (1953)
Edmundo Desnoes (Cuba), MEMORIAS DEL SUBDESARROLLO (1965)
Gabriel Garcia Márquez (Colombia), EL AMOR EN LOS TIEMPOS DEL CÓLERA (1985)
Horacio Castallenos Moya (El Salvador), EL ASCO: TRES RELATOS VIOLENTOS (2000)
Santiago Roncagliolo (Peru), ABRIL ROJO (2006)
Aníbal Jarkowski (Argentina), EL TRABAJO (2007)
|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 SPAN221 or the equivalent. SPAN226 is recommended but not required. Readings, written assignments, and class discussion will be in Spanish.
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