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Fall 2013-2014
* SPA 220 / LAS 220 (LA)  

El Género Negro: Crime Fiction

Rachel L. Price

This course is an introduction to crime fiction from early 20th-century "locked room" mysteries to 21st century narco-narratives. It examines short stories, novels, films and critical writings about detective and crime fiction in Latin America and Spain. Topics include the genre's links to high and low literature, to film and to historical contexts such as immigration, state crime, drug culture and globalization. Authors include Roberto Arlt, María Elvira Bermúdez, Adolfo Bioy Casares, Roberto Bolaño, Jorge Luis Borges, Alicia Giménez Bartlett, Leonardo Padura Fuentes, Ricardo Piglia, Fernando Vallejo, and others.

Sample reading list:
Ricardo Piglia, Nombre Falso; Las fieras
Mempo Giardinelli, El género negro
Leonardo Padura Fuentes, Máscaras
Roberto Bolaño, Cuentos; 2666
Jorge Luis Borges, Ficciones

Reading/Writing assignments:
Two midterm essays, one final essay; weekly blackboard posts; oral presentation

Requirements/Grading:
Paper in Lieu of Mid Term - 25%
Paper in lieu of Final - 35%
Papers - 20%
Class/Precept Participation - 20%

Other information:
Course taught in Spanish

Reserved Seats:
Freshmen Only 6
Sophomores Only 7
Juniors Only 4
Seniors Only 3

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
23369 C01 3:00 pm - 4:20 pm M W        Enrolled:0 Limit:0 Canceled