* SPA 342 / LAS 342 (LA)
Topics in Latin American Modernity - Latin American Literature after Latin America
This course examines literature and film from Latin America from the past decade. 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 very recent works that address a variety of trends, many of which are not unique to the region: crime, informal economies, new immigrant groups, indigenous governance, new media, ecological crisis, multi-lingual writing, desire and sexuality.
Sample reading list:
Jorge Volpi, El insomnio de Bolívar
Yuri Herrera, Trabajos del Reino
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.
Freshmen Only 2
Sophomores Only 3
Juniors Only 6
Seniors Only 6
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