* SPA 342 / LAS 342 (LA)
Topics in Latin American Modernity - Latin American Literature after Latin America
This course examines recent literature and film from Latin America (~ past ten years). In the globalized present, does it make sense to speak of "Latin America" or "Latin American literature" as coherent entities? While reviewing some 20th century reflections on "Latin America," the course mainly focuses on novels that address a variety of issues, most of which are not unique to the region. Are old categories like nation and region relevant to contemporary work? What remains singular and what common to various experiences in global mega-cities and in the wake of widely implemented neo-liberal economic policies?
Sample reading list:
Jorge Volpi, El insomnio de Bolívar
Jorge Franco, Rosario Tijeras
Anna Kasumi-Stahl, Flores de un día
Roberto Bolaño, Cuentos
Alejandro Gónzalez-Iñarritu, Babel
Rey Emmanuel, Candela
Approximately 100 pages reading per week; short paper; midterm paper; term paper; oral presentation; weekly Blackboard postings.
Paper in Lieu of Mid Term - 20%
Paper in lieu of Final - 25%
Papers - 20%
Oral Presentation(s) - 10%
Class/Precept Participation - 25%
Prerequisites and Restrictions:
A 300-level SPA course; or fluency in Spanish; or instructor's permission.
Course taught in Spanish.
Sophomores Only 4
Juniors Only 5
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