Spanish and Portuguese | Modern Spanish-American prose Fiction
S420 | 28963 | Professor Anke Birkenmaier

HISP-S 420  Modern Spanish-American Prose Fiction (3 credits)

Prerequisite: For students matriculating prior to fall 2010:  You
must have completed two of the following: S328, S331, S332, S333, or
S334.  For students matriculating fall 2010 or after:  S328; S324 or
S326; and one additional 300-level Spanish class.

In this course we will look at the evolution of Spanish-American
prose fiction from the end of the 19th century until today, paying
close attention to narrative theory and its application to short
stories and novels from Latin America. Our guiding principle will be
the question of how individual authors reclaimed specifically Latin
American histories, spaces, and modes of expression in confrontation
with international avant-garde movements and European or North
American novelists and currents. We will thus approach notions such
as MODERNISMO, COSTUMBRISMO, regionalist fiction, magic realism, the
Borgesian labyrinth, the Latin American Boom and Post-Boom, and the
notion itself of the "literary" as partaking both in a Latin
American and more generally “Western” narrative tradition.
Readings will include texts by Rubén Darío, Cirilo Villaverde,
Horacio Quiroga, Jorge Luis Borges, Alejo Carpentier, Julio
Cortázar, Gabriel García Márquez, Roberto Bolaño, Elena Garro, Ana
Lydia Vega, and Alvaro Enrigue.
Students will be asked to give a presentation and write two short
essays and a final exam.

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Prof. Anke Birkenmaier

Note:  This course carries CASE A&H distribution credit.