Spanish and Portuguese | 20th & 21st Century Spanish American Literature
S578 | 26607 | D. Cohn

Professor Deborah Cohn

S578	20th & 21st Century Spanish American Literature
TR 1:00pm – 2:15pm/class# 26607/3cr./Location TBA

This course explores major developments in twentieth-century Spanish
American literature, primarily through the lens of narrative.  It
will focus on the novel of the Mexican Revolution, "la poesia
negra", the Boom, magical realism, and the post-Boom. Works and
movements are studied in relationship to historical, political,
economic, and cultural changes such as the Mexican Revolution, the
Cuban Revolution, related efforts to establish national and regional
(Spanish American) identities and assert the region’s cultural
autonomy vis-a-vis the U.S. and Europe, women’s movements, and
dictatorship and complicity in the Southern Cone.  We will read
works by Bombal, Borges, Carpentier, Cortázar, Ferre, Fuentes,
Gambaro, García Márquez, Guillén, Paz, Puig, and others, as well as
secondary texts.  We will also examine the role—or absence thereof
of race, ethnicity, and gender in formulations of collective