SPAN-399 Latin American Boom (in English/translation)
Spring for 2013-2014
From the late 1950s through the early 1970s, a remarkable array of fiction writers emerged in Latin America with novels and short stories that changed the course of world literature. This phenomenon, known as the Boom, includes multiple winners of the Nobel Prize and continues to impact literary production around the world today. SPAN 399 offers students the opportunity to read major works of the Boom in translation into the language of their choice or in the original Spanish. All classroom discussions will be in English. Papers can be written in English, Spanish, Portuguese or French. The course will begin with short texts by key writers who preceded the Boom such as Miguel Angel Asturias (Guatemala), Jorge Luis Borges (Argentina), Alejo Carpentier (Cuba) and Juan Rulfo (Mexico). The heart of the semester will be novels by Carlos Fuentes (Mexico), Gabriel García Márquez (Colombia), Mario Vargas Llosa (Peru) and Manuel Puig (Argentina). Among the featured texts will be One Hundred Years of Solitude by García Márquez. Along with exploring the details of each text in depth, students will dissect and question critical concepts often applied to this era of literary production, such as “magic realism” and the idea of a “Boom” per se. The course will be conducted as a seminar: critical thinking and frequent engaged participation by students will be expected.
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: None
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