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Fall 2012-2013
* SPA 342 / LAS 342 (LA)   na, npdf

Topics in Latin American Modernity - Autobiographies of the 20th Century

Jorge L. Volpi Escalante

This course will focus on autobiographical writings of some of the most important Latin American writers of the 20th Century. It's a common place to say that Latin America doesn't have a strong autobiographical tradition, but this seminar aspires to demonstrate the falsity of this remark. From the seminal memoir of José Vasconcelos at the beginning of the 20th Century to the most recent autobiographical narratives of some young authors, the course will also explore the relation between literature and politics in Latin America.

Sample reading list:
José Vasconcelos, Ulises Criollo
Pablo Neruda, Confieso que he vivido
Gabriel García Márquez, Vivir para contarla
Mario Vargas Llosa, El pez en el agua
Guadalupe Nettel, El cuerpo en que nací
Julián Herbert, Canción de tumba
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
Approximately 100 pages reading per week. Two 5-10 page papers, oral presentation, final paper.

Requirements/Grading:
Paper in lieu of Final - 30%
Oral Presentation(s) - 10%
Term Paper(s) - 50%
Class/Precept Participation - 10%

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
A 200-level SPA course above SPA 209 or instructor's permission..

Other information:
Visiting Professor Jorge Volpi is a literary critic and renowned Mexican writer. Course taught in Spanish.

Reserved Seats:
Freshmen Only 2
Sophomores Only 8
Juniors Only 8
Seniors Only 5

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
20717 C01 3:00 pm - 4:20 pm T Th   Chancellor Green   105   Enrolled:16 Limit:24