Spanish and Portuguese | Themes in Hispanic Literature
S761 | 4340 | A. Mejías-López
Professor Alejandro Mejías-López
S761 Seminar: Themes in Hispanic Literature
Topic: Global/Local Power: The Politics of Knowledge and
Space in Contemporary Latin American Literature and Culture
T 5:30pm – 8:00pm/section #4340/Authorize/3 cr./Ballantine Hall 011
This course will focus on two distant but related moments of
contemporary Spanish American literary and cultural history: 1880-
1930 (especially 'modernismo' and 'regionalismo') and 1980-2003
(particularly indigenous movements and Generation X – also know
as “generación de McOndo” or “post-post-boom”). The class will
explore the intersections of power, space, knowledge and
representation at the beginning and end of the 20th century. Some
of the issues that will be addressed are: culture and (neo)
liberalism, national and transnational identities, travel and
migrations, ecology, and urban space.
This course will be conducted entirely in Spanish. Assignments will
include a presentation and a final paper. Materials studied will
'Modernista' poetry, fiction, 'crónicas', magazines, literary
journals, and travel narratives by authors such as Rubén Darío, José
Martí, Leopoldo Lugones and Horacio Quiroga
José Eustasio Rivera: "La vorágine"
Burgos/Menchú: "Me llamo Rigoberta Menchú y así me nació la
Alberto Fuguet and Sergio Gomez: "McOndo"
Alberto Fuguet: "Mala onda"
Karla Suárez: "Silencios"
Alejandro González Iñarritu: "Amores Perros"
Alberto Aristarain: "Un lugar en el mundo"