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C LIT 596 B: Special Studies In Comparative Literature

Contemporary Latin American Fiction

Meeting Time: 
MW 12:30pm - 2:20pm
Location: 
CMU 226
SLN: 
11867
Instructor:
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Cynthia Steele

Syllabus Description:

C LIT 396 D / C LIT 596 B

Contemporary Latin American Fiction

MW 12:30-2:20

Prof. Cynthia Steele

How do Latin American novelists born in the 1950s and beyond interpret recent developments in their cultures, including the recent spike in urban and drug violence; efforts to document the human rights violations of the 1970s and 1980s; and the emergence of new sexualities and subjectivities? We will analyze short novels published during the past three decades by authors from five Latin American countries (Chile, Guatemala, El Salvador, Mexico and Argentina), along with pertinent literary criticism and film adaptations of two of the novels. Students will keep a reading journal, co-direct discussion of one scholarly essay, direct discussion of one segment of a novel, and write a final analytical research essay (5-7 pp for undergraduates, 8-10 pp for graduate students). Students may choose to read the texts and to write their essays in either English or Spanish. Texts: Roberto Bolaño, A Little Lumpen Novelita; Rodrigo Rey Rosa, The Good Cripple; Horacio Castellanos Moya, Senselessness; Yuri Herrera, Signs Preceding the End of the World; Juan Pablo Villalobos, Down the Rabbit Hole; Patricio Pron, My Fathers’ Ghost Is Climbing in the Rain; and Lucía Puenzo, The Fish Child.

 

Additional Details:

C LIT 396 D / C LIT 596 B

How do Latin American novelists born in the 1950s and beyond interpret recent developments in their cultures, including the recent spike in urban and drug violence; efforts to document the human rights violations of the 1970s and 1980s; and the emergence of new sexualities and subjectivities? We will analyze short novels published during the past three decades by authors from five Latin American countries (Chile, Guatemala, El Salvador, Mexico and Argentina), along with pertinent literary criticism and film adaptations of two of the novels. Students will keep a reading journal, co-direct discussion of one scholarly essay, direct discussion of one segment of a novel, and write a final analytical research essay (5-7 pp for undergraduates, 8-10 pp for graduate students). Students may choose to read the texts and to write their essays in either English or Spanish. Texts: Roberto Bolaño, A Little Lumpen Novelita; Rodrigo Rey Rosa, The Good Cripple; Horacio Castellanos Moya, Senselessness; Yuri Herrera, Signs Preceding the End of the World; Juan Pablo Villalobos, Down the Rabbit Hole; Patricio Pron, My Fathers’ Ghost Is Climbing in the Rain; and Lucía Puenzo, The Fish Child.  

Catalog Description: 
Offered occasionally by visiting or resident faculty. Course content varies.
Status: 
Active
Last updated: 
October 5, 2016 - 9:12pm
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