Latin American Fiction - CP532

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2020 to 2021
Spring 5 15 (7.5) DR P Novillo-Corvalan checkmark-circle


This course introduces students to the fiction (novels, novellas, and short stories) of some of the most influential twentieth- and twenty-first- century Latin American writers. The module ranges from Borges to the extraordinary literary phenomenon or explosion of the 'Boom generation', the post-Boom novel, and the recently acclaimed Chilean writer Roberto Bolaño (all studied in English translation). The course offers students the unique opportunity to study a fascinating corpus of literature celebrated for its creative innovation, fictional games, puzzles, labyrinths, fabulous and supernatural events, multiple storytellers, and magical realist writing. The course also addresses questions of gender, class, and social, cultural, and technological changes, as well as representations of identity, subjectivity, time, space, and landscape.


This module appears in the following module collections.

Contact hours

Total Contact Hours: 20

Method of assessment

Essay 1 (1,500 words) – 50%
Essay 2 (1,500 words) – 50%

Indicative reading

Any edition of the following:

Borges, J.L. Labyrinths
Cortázar, J. All Fires the Fire and Other Stories
Evita [Film]. Dir. Alan Parker
Fuentes, C. Aura
García Márquez, G. One Hundred Years of Solitude
Ocampo, S. Selected Stories
Quiroga, H. Stories of Love, Madness and Death
Rulfo, J. The Burning Plain

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

Demonstrate a critical understanding through close reading and textual analysis of a representative corpus of twentieth- and twenty-first-century Latin American fiction;
Demonstrate a conceptual understanding of the most significant literary movements in Latin American literature;
Demonstrate a critical understanding of the way in which Latin American fiction has been shaped by the major cultural, political, and historical events that took place in the twentieth- and twenty-first centuries;
Critically evaluate the stylistic, conceptual, and formal aspects of Latin American fiction;
Demonstrate an analytical understanding of the intellectual context of Latin American fiction and its relationship with World literature.


  1. Credit level 5. Intermediate level module usually taken in Stage 2 of an undergraduate degree.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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