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Fall 2011-2012
* SPA 331 / LAS 331 (LA)   na, npdf

Modern Latin American Fiction

Juan A. Villoro

The Art of the Short Novel in Latin America, a narrative form practiced in Latin American literature with exceptional success. Between the narrative intensity and the technical economy of the short story, and the exploration of psychology and history of the novel, the short novel represents a suggestive challenge to the fiction writer. The course explores authors and texts from different countries and periods, including García Márquez, Rulfo, Onetti, and Bolaño. Besides the formal features of the texts under consideration, we will study cultural and literary categories such magic realism, the colonial gaze, visual narratives, and memory.

Sample reading list:
Gabriel García Márquez, Crónica de una muerte anunciada
Juan Rulfo, Pedro Páramo
Juan Carlos Onetti, Los adioses
Adolfo Bioy Casares, La invención de Morel
César Aira, Un episodio en la vida del pintor viajero
Roberto Bolaño, Estrella distante
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
Approximately 100-130 pages reading per week. Short essays; final term paper. Certificate applicants and concentrators required to write all papers in Spanish.

Requirements/Grading:
Paper in lieu of Final - 40%
Papers - 40%
Class/Precept Participation - 20%

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
A 200-level Spanish course or instructor's permission. Course open to first-year students with advanced standing in Spanish..

Other information:
Taught in Spanish.

Reserved Seats:
Freshmen Only 2
Sophomores Only 5
Juniors Only 7
Seniors Only 4

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
22206 C01 11:00 am - 12:20 pm T Th   Chancellor Green   105   Enrolled:14 Limit:19