SPAN-498 Crossings: Realism in the Transatlantic Novel
Fall for 2013-2014
This course examines the emergence of realism as a novelistic discourse in late nineteenth-century Spain and Latin America and how that discourse is refigured in twentieth century avant-garde literary forms such as tremendismo, the real maravilloso, and infrarealismo. Through the study of primary texts, as well as of the literary debates that emerged concurrently with their production, we will examine the conflicting ways in which these various “realisms” are articulated within a transnational and specifically transatlantic framework. Thus, we will take into account: the varying literary traditions on either side of the Atlantic into which Realism is assimilated; the influence of international (particularly French and British) scholarship and literary production on the Spanish and Latin American novel; the historical processes of national (re)construction, modernization, and postcolonialism that ground literary realisms as social as well as aesthetic discourses; and how contemporary theories of ideology, subjectivity, and aesthetic form can help us approach the constant making and remaking of imagined local, national, and Transatlantic spheres through literature.
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