Course code:



I - Introductory

Class size limit:


Typically offered:

Once every three years

From the metaphysical landscapes of Jorge Luis Borges and Julio Cortázar to the alienated anti-cities of María Louisa Bombal and Gabriel García Márquez, Latin American fiction writers expanded the shores of narrative and, in doing so, illustrated the power of language to create and define reality.  In the “Boom” years (roughly 1950s-1980s), Latin American novelists sought to create books that, while being worlds unto themselves, richly illustrated the complex history of the Americas.   These are works of origins, colonization, exploitation, brutality, magic, love, loss, and struggles to survive. The “Post Boom” novelists looked to class struggle, the power structures of gender relationships, and urban poverty in order to weave new narratives and ways of seeing the postcolonial world.  As an introductory course, we will familiarize ourselves with the varied landscapes of Latin American fiction.  We will learn to analyze and understand literary works in historical and cultural context.  We will look to the words of: Borges, Cortázar, Bombal, Márquez, Bolaño, Allende, Donoso, Valenzuela, Rulfo, and Arriaga to aid us on our journey.  Students will be evaluated on completion of a midterm essay,  a final project, and class participation.



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