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Fall 2012-2013
* SPA 346 / COM 346 / LAS 364 (LA)   No Pass/D/Fail

Modern Latin American Fiction in Translation

Rubén Gallo

Latin "Camp." Susan Sontag defined camp as an aesthetic sensibility involving "travesty, impersonation, theatricality, seduction," and "flamboyant mannerisms." Camp has also been described as the style of choice for many gay writers - "a type of "coded" or "secret" language destined for those who are in the know. In this course we will explore manifestations of "camp" in some of the most exciting novels and films of the 20th Century, from Manuel Puig's "Kiss of the Spider Woman" to the Reinaldo Arenas' "Before Night Falls." Issues to be discussed include: gender and literary style, politics and aesthetics, and masquerade versus reality.

Sample reading list:
Manuel Puig, The Kiss of the Spider Woman
Reinaldo Arenas, Before Night Falls
Severo Sarduy, Cobra
Salvador Novo, Return Ticket
Luis Zapata, The Vampire of Colonia Roma

Reading/Writing assignments:
Approximately 200 pages per week.

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

Other information:
Class conducted in English. All readings in English. Students pursuing a Certificate in Spanish and/or Latin American Studies will be required to submit all written work in Spanish. If course is full, please email Professor Ruben Gallo at to be placed on waiting list.

Reserved Seats:
Freshmen Only 2
Sophomores Only 6
Juniors Only 6
Seniors Only 8

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
20442 L01 07:30:00 pm - 10:20:00 pm T   Architecture Building   N101   Enrolled:9 Limit:30