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Fall 2012-2013
* SPA 331 / LAS 331 (LA)   na, npdf

Modern Latin American Fiction

Jorge L. Volpi Escalante

"Las afueras" - This course focuses on the analysis of Latin American fiction that doesn't speak about Latin America, but about other times and places. Even if we tend to think that mainstream tradition of Latin American literature always deals with the problems of Latin American identity, there has been a strong tradition of Latin American literature that tries to take distance from its boundaries and explore other realities. The course will examine how many Latin American writers of the 20th Century had reinvented European and Asian traditions, and what their narratives show us about Latin America.

Sample reading list:
Jorge Luis Borges, Ficciones
Vicente Herrasti, La muerte del filósofo
Carmen Boullosa, La otra mano de Lepanto
Ignacio Padilla, Amphytrion
Patricio Pron, El comienzo de la primavera
Mario Bellatin, El jardín de la señora Murakami
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
Approximately 100-130 pages reading per week. Two essays (5-10 pages), oral presentation, final paper (15-20 pages).

Paper in lieu of Final - 30%
Papers - 50%
Oral Presentation(s) - 10%
Class/Precept Participation - 10%

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
A 200-level Spanish course above SPA 209 or instructor's permission..

Other information:
Visiting Professor Jorge Volpi is a literary critic and renowned Mexican writer. Taught in Spanish.

Reserved Seats:
Freshmen Only 2
Sophomores Only 5
Juniors Only 8
Seniors Only 5

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
20727 C01 11:00:00 am - 12:20:00 pm T Th   East Pyne Building   205   Enrolled:11 Limit:20