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Fall 2010-2011
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Latin American Studies Seminar - Borges and Fiction

Mario Vargas-Llosa

This course will study the sources Borges used in writing his short stories and will examine the prose and writing techniques he utilized. The course will also devote special attention to the relationship between Borges' short stories and essays as many stories are disguised as essays, and several essays are short stories in disguise.

Sample reading list:
Borges, Historia universal de la infamia
Borges, Ficciones
Borges, El Aleph
Borges, El hacedor
Borges, El informe de Brodie
Borges, Historia de la eternidad
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
There will be one class presentation (details to be discussed during the first class meeting), one midterm essay (5 pages), and one final paper (20 pages) on an assigned topic. Approximately 50 pages of reading per week.

Paper in Lieu of Mid Term - 35%
Paper in lieu of Final - 35%
Oral Presentation(s) - 20%
Class/Precept Participation - 10%

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
Students must be able to understand, read, and write in Spanish. The course will be conducted in Spanish and taught by Mario Vargas Llosa, the 2010 Program in Latin American Studies Distinguished Visitor. Note: If course is full, please e-mail to be placed on the waiting list..

Other information:
"Los cuentos expresan esa visión tan literaria - la más literaria que conozco - que tiene Borges de la cultura, la vida y la experiencia. Todo en él conduce a la ficción y, al mismo tiempo, las ficciones lo explican todo y se proyectan en la infinita madeja de la experiencia humana, transformándola en una interminable sucesión de cuentos. Creo que este tema recurrente en sus historias era para Borges su noción de la vida y la única manera de vivir que conoció." M. Vargas Llosa.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
22264 S01 01:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm T   Jones Hall   100   Enrolled:23 Limit:25