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Fall 2011-2012
* LAS 308 / SPA 322   na, npdf

Tijuana, Mexico City, Havana, Buenos Aires: Fact and Fiction

Juan A. Villoro

The course will examine daily life in four cities through major works of fiction. Urban centers discussed will include Tijuana, a site of cultural crossovers; Mexico City, one of the world's largest cities; Havana, a site of cultural tensions under a socialist regime; and Buenos Aires, the Latin American stronghold of cosmopolitan literature. The works of Borges, Arlt, Monsiváis, Cortázar, Fuentes, Cabrera Infante, Ponte, Crosthwaite, and others will be used as a map for an uncharted reality. To expand the knowledge of these narratives, we will study other cultural artifacts including photography, cinema, music, and television.

Sample reading list:
Jorge Luis Borges, El encuentro
Antonio José Ponte, La fiesta vigilada
Guillermo Cabrera Infante, La Habana para un Infante Difunto
Roberto Arlt, Aguafuertes
Julio Cortázar, Cuentos
Carlos Monsiváis, Escenas de pudor y liviandad
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
Approximately 100 pages of reading per week; two short essays (1500 words each); and one final paper (4000 words).

Requirements/Grading:
Paper in lieu of Final - 40%
Papers - 40%
Class/Precept Participation - 20%

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
Course will be conducted in Spanish..

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
23673 S01 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm W   Aaron Burr Hall   216   Enrolled:24 Limit:25