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Spring 2011-2012
SPA 356 / LAS 365 (LA)   No Audit

Roberto Bolaño: Adventures in Cultureland

Susana Draper

Forty years after the emergence of Gabriel García Márquez, the narrative works of the Chilean Roberto Bolaño have once again put Latin American literature at the center of the world's cultural mainstream. Quiet poet, public storyteller, and heir of Borges' most intricate speculations and the beatniks' nomadism, Bolaño broke with the recipes of magical realism and opened a fresh literary horizon by combining anti-intellecutal vitalism and erudite conceptualism. This course explores the artistic strategies of an author who made Jim Morrison dialogue with James Joyce, and went from being an anonymous eccentric to a New York Times bestseller.

Sample reading list:
Roberto Bolaño, Los detectives salvajes
Roberto Bolaño, Amuleto
Roberto Bolaño, Nocturno de Chile
Roberto Bolaño, Entre paréntesis (selection)
Roberto Bolaño, 2666 (selection)
Roberto Bolaño, Los perros románticos (poetry selection)
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
50-80 pages of reading per week; midterm and final paper.

Requirements/Grading:
Paper in Lieu of Mid Term - 30%
Paper in lieu of Final - 40%
Oral Presentation(s) - 15%
Class/Precept Participation - 15%

Other Requirements:
Not Open to Freshmen.

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
At least one LA distribution area course in SPA..

Other information:
Course will be taught in Spanish; written assignments in Spanish and English. NOTE: Students pursuing a Certificate in Spanish will be required to write all assignments in Spanish.

Reserved Seats:
Sophomores Only 5
Juniors Only 4
Seniors Only 6

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
41556 C01 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm T   East Pyne Building   339   Enrolled:14 Limit:15