Spanish and Portuguese | Hispanic Literature in Translation
S265 | 27906 | Professor Deborah Cohn


HISP-S 265  Hispanic Literature in Translation  (3 credits)

Topic:   William Faulkner & Writers from Spanish America & the
Caribbean

Flannery O’Connor once said that “the presence alone of Faulkner in
our midst makes a great difference in what the writer can and cannot
permit himself to do.  Nobody wants his mule and wagon stalled on
the same track the Dixie Limited is roaring down.”  But for Spanish
American writers such as Jorge Luis Borges, Carlos Fuentes, Gabriel
García Márquez, Juan Rulfo, Mario Vargas Llosa, and others who were
struggling to break free of a tradition that emphasized the local
and the “real,” Faulkner was a liberation rather than a paralyzing
influence.  We will read both Faulkner and Spanish American writers
in this course, studying how the former’s style and themes inspired
the latter as they cultivated a literary movement that brought
Spanish American literature into the Western mainstream.  We will
also explore how Spanish American authors looked to Faulkner and to
the white South as a model for reclaiming Spanish American history,
which was also dominated by a neocolonial North and marked by
difficult racial and interethnic relations, as well as by struggles
with economic development.  But if this course is about close
textual analysis and literary relations, it is also about the
dynamics and politics of literary influence and choosing one’s
literary genealogy.  Thus we shall also consider questions such as:
what are the political implications of doing comparative literature,
and of positing the influence of writers from “developed nations” on
those of so-called “developing nations”? and, what are the racial
subtexts of authors’ relationship to Faulkner?

HISP-S 265  #27906 1:00P-2:15P  TR  SB231    Prof. Deborah Cohn

Note: This course is taught in English and does not count toward the
minor or major in Spanish.
This class carries Arts and Humanities credit as well as
Culture Studies (A) credit.
This class meets jointly with an AMST-A 298 class and ENG-L
208.