Course code:



IM - Introductory/Intermediate

Class size limit:


Meets the following requirements:

  • HS - Human Studies

Typically offered:

Upon occasion

This course will use the term literature as a jumping off point in order to investigate significant artistic trends, political movements and intellectual debates of the last hundred years in Latin America: modernism, modernity, nationalism and cosmopolitanism, revolution, dictatorship, and subalternity. We will explore music (Mexican corridos and Brazilian tropicália) film (Los Rubios, Los Olvidados, Memorias del subdesarrollo, others) narrative (Me llamo Rigoberta Menchú, Cien años de soledad) and manifesto (Infrarealism, Anthropofago) in order to question the crumbling monumentialization of history in Latin America. Writers (in translation) we will read in this course: Jorge Luís Borges, Julio Cortázar, Gabriel García Márquez, Rigoberta Menchú, Caetano Veloso, Patrick Dove, John Beverley, Gabriela Nouzeilles and Pablo Neruda. Evaluations based on weekly written responses to material, a midterm essay and a final project.



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