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Spring 2012-2013
* LAS 326 / SPA 369 (LA)   na, npdf

Reporting Latin America: Literature and Journalism

Álvaro Enrigue Soler

If Latin American literature was once characterized by its exuberant imagination, writers in the 21st Century are doing the opposite: to tell journalistic stories that research and question the limits of normality. Still mostly unread outside Latin America, the "Nueva Crónica" appropriates spaces that were traditionally beyond the competence of literary writing. In this course we will read a wide selection of Latin American literary journalism from Jorge Ibargüengoitia (b. 1928) to Daniel Alarcón (b. 1977) to understand its origins, sociopolitical functions, and the place it occupies as a textual tool to understand contemporary Latin America.

Sample reading list:
Darío Jaramillo Agüedo, editor, Antología de crónica latinoamericana actual
Diego Fonseca and Aileen El-Kadi, editors, Sam no es mi tío. 24 crónicas migrantes y un sueño Americano
Juan Villoro, Dios es redondo
Jorge Ibargüengoitia, Viajes a la América ignota
Carlos Monsiváis, Amor perdido

Reading/Writing assignments:
The readings assigned for this course seek to find a point of equilibrium between canonic and recent literary journalism written between 1972 and our days. Students are expected to read an average of 80 pages a week and prepare brief response notes to ensure class participation. They will write an 8-12 page essay on the topic of autobiographical fiction in lieu of final exam.

Paper in lieu of Final - 40%
Papers - 40%
Class/Precept Participation - 20%

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
Students should be able to communicate, read and write in Spanish.The readings are in Spanish. Discussion can be conducted in Spanish, English or both.

Other information:
Álvaro Enrigue (Mexico, 1969) is the award winning author of four novels and two books of short stories. He has been Literary Editor at Letras Libres magazine and Fondo de Cultura Económica, the reference publishing house for the Spanish language.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
43130 S01 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm M   Aaron Burr Hall   213   Enrolled:8 Limit:25