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Studies in Latin American Literature

The literature of Spanish America from pre-Colombian times to the present. Representative authors and texts from various literary movements will be studied in their sociohistorical contexts.

The fear of communicable disease is way older than our present COVID-19 fright. This course seeks to study the literature of Spanish America from pre-Columbian times to the present from the perspective of contagion and disease. We will examine the work of representative authors (both canonical and less-studied) from various literary movements in their sociohistorical contexts. Contagion is linked to literature because it is usually presented as a narrative (crisis in medias res, search for cause, characters, setting, plot, conflict, desired resolution). Contagion and disease are also a rich source of knowledge from a literary perspective because of their high allusive power. We will examine texts that present disease as theme, as aesthetic approach, as self-representation, or as metaphor. Disease and illness, or the sick and diseased as represented in literature will serve as vehicles to assess cultural tensions (e.g. coloniality, politics, artistic pursuit, gender, economics, aesthetics). Class discussion and dynamic and continuous engagement is absolutely expected of all participants.

El curso Español 373 ofrece una visión panorámica de la literatura hispanoamericana desde sus orígenes hasta el presente.  A través de la lectura de los textos incluidos en el curso los estudiantes se familiarizarán con los géneros y los movimientos literarios más relevantes de la literatura hispanoamericana, así como con los contextos históricos y sociopolíticos en los cuales se desarrolla esta literatura.  El curso abarca tanto una visión histórica como analítica de la literatura, por lo tanto las clases, las lecturas, las actividades y los exámenes requerirán que el estudiante adquiera y use sus conocimientos en ambos campos.

Texto: R. Chang-Rodríguez y Malva E. Filer, eds. Voces de Hispanoamérica: Antología Literaria. Quinta edición. Boston: Heinle Cengage Learning.

Distribución: examen parcial (50%); examen final (50%). La participación en clase puede ayudar a subir o bajar la nota.

This course will offer a critical study of major Latin American and Latinx writers, and literary movements from the colonial period to the present. Following Edmundo O’Gorman’s seminal work about Latin America’s struggle to define itself against colonial and imperial legacies, we will begin by exploring how ideas of “América”, “Hispanic”, “Latin America” and “Latinx” emerge and are validated in literature and other cultural production that includes film and art. In turn, these conversations will allow us to think critically about the role literature plays in the representation of race, class, gender, culture and identity.

Requisites: Prerequisites, SPAN 301 or 302.
Gen Ed: LA.