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Fall 2013-2014
* LAS 404 / COM 428 (LA)   na, npdf

Latin American Studies Seminar - Jorge Luis Borges in Comparative Contexts

Efrain S. Kristal

We will read Jorge Luis Borges' creative writings as a concentrated and explicit dialogue with the Western Canon: the Arabian Nights, Cervantes, Dante, Shakespeare, Kafka, Poe, Whitman, and the Jewish tradition. This course will explore the ways in which Borges' fictions and poems involve rewritings, variations, critical views or corrections of masterpieces of Western Literature, from "Don Quixote" to Dante's "Inferno".

Sample reading list:
Borges, Jorge Luis, Complete Fictions
Borges, Jorge Luis, Selected Non-Fictions
Borges, Jorge Luis, Poems of the Night
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
The students are expected to read an average of 120 pages per week. Students are expected to write bi-weekly response papers (100 words) and two short papers (5 pages each).

Requirements/Grading:
Paper in lieu of Final - 20%
Papers - 25%
Oral Presentation(s) - 10%
Term Paper(s) - 30%
Class/Precept Participation - 15%

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
The course will be taught in English. Readings will be available in several languages for those who can read the originals..

Other information:
An oral presentation of approximately 15 minutes is expected of each student.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
22610 S01 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm Th   Aaron Burr Hall   209   Enrolled:7 Limit:25