Spanish and Portuguese | Modern Spanish-American Prose Fiction
S420 | 28316 | Professor Patrick Dove
HISP-S 420 Modern Spanish-American Prose Fiction (3 credits)
Prerequisite: For students who matriculated prior to fall 2010:
Two courses completed from: HISP-S 328, S331, S332, S333, or S334.
For students who matriculated summer 2010 or after: (S328 and S324)
OR (S328 and S326) AND any other 300-level Spanish class.
This course provides an overview of the history of prose narrative
in Spanish America from the late 19th century through the present.
We will explore this literary history of just over one hundred years
in terms of two competing ideas or frames: influence and continuity
between generations on the one hand, and innovation and rupture on
the other hand. In bringing these two interpretive frames together
we will ask how literary events (specific works as well as movements
or periods) are defined by innovation and newness and to what extent
they are informed by continuations or revitalizations of tradition.
Relevant historical concepts will include naturalism, COSTUMBRISMO
and the regional novel, the “Boom” novel, as well as “post-Boom”
literary tendencies such as “dirty realism.” Our discussions will be
informed by the assumption that literature offers a space in which
writers and readers explore language: how it works to create
meaning, how it gives vitality to our personal lives and relations
with others, and how it helps to inform—and therefore also how it
might help to transform—the world in which we live. At the same
time, we will discuss how narrative innovations relate to the
social, political and economic circumstances in which writers work.
Primary readings may include novels and short stories by Cambaceres,
Quiroga, Guiraldes, Bombal, Borges, Ocampo, Rulfo, Cortázar, Vargas
Llosa, Rey Rosa, Bolaño and Fogwill.
HISP-S 420 #28316 2:30P-3:45P TR BH 333 Prof. Patrick Dove
Note: This course carries A & H credit.