OverviewThis 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:
One weekly two-hour seminar for ten weeks
Method of assessment
Jorge Luis Borges, Labyrinths
Juan Rulfo, 'The Burning Plain'
Carlos Fuentes, Aura
Gabriel García Márquez, One Hundred Years of Solitude
Julio Cortázar, All Fires the Fire and Other Stories
Horacio Quiroga, Stories of Love, Madness and Death
Mario Vargas Llosa, Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter
Silvina Ocampo, Selected stories
Manuel Puig, Heartbreak Tango
Roberto Bolaño, The Skating Rink
By the end of the module student should have:
1. gained an in-depth understanding through close reading and textual analysis of a representative corpus of twentieth- and twenty-first-century Latin American fiction.
2. obtained a conceptual understanding of the most significant literary movements in Latin American literature.
3. gained 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.
4. critically evaluated the stylistic, conceptual, and formal aspects of Latin American fiction.
5. acquired an analytical understanding of the intellectual context of Latin American fiction and its relationship with World literature.