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Spring 2011-2012
* COM 238 / LAS 238 (LA)   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

Contemporary Latin American Literature

Susana Draper

This course is an introduction to the study of contemporary Latin American literature and visual arts. Placing special emphasis on the changing relationships between aesthetics and politics, we will analyze the emergence of different contemporary genres and themes, covering the most important tropes and problems that have configured contemporary Latin American culture (from magical realism and testimonio to the present). Class will be conducted in English; readings will be available in translation and in the original language.

Sample reading list:
Roberto Bolaño, The Savage Detectives (selection)
Julio Cortázar, The End of the Game & Other Stories
Rigoberta Menchú, I, Rigoberta Menchú
Clarice Lispector, The Hour of the Star
Elena Poniatowska, Massacre in Mexico
José M. Arguedas, Deep Rivers

Reading/Writing assignments:
50-80 pages of reading per week. Midterm and Final paper (in English or Spanish).

Paper in lieu of Final - 25%
Take Home Mid term Exam - 25%
Papers - 15%
Oral Presentation(s) - 20%
Class/Precept Participation - 15%

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
41562 S01 01:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm W   East Pyne Building   023   Enrolled:12 Limit:20