Summer 2008

HUMS 651
Tales of Resistance: Modernity and the Latin American Short Story

Conn,Robert T.

06/23/2008 - 08/01/2008
Tuesday & Thursday 06:00 PM - 08:30 PM

Romance Languages 106

Latin American writers from the early twentieth century forward have regarded the short story as a vehicle through which to make their mark and engage the great cultural issues of the day. Jorge Luis Borges and Julio Cortazar, two of Latin America's most well-known literary figures, dedicated their careers almost exclusively to the genre. In this course, as we consider the privileged status of the short story in Latin American letters, we will examine the ways in which writers have used the genre to comment on important aspects of modernization both within and outside their respective countries. Some of those aspects will concern the Mexican Revolution, bourgeois and mass culture, nationalism, globalization, as well as immigration to Europe and the United States.

We will read works by the following authors: Horacio Quiroga (Uruguayan), Carlos Fuentes (Mexican), Rosario Castellanos (Mexican), Juan Rulfo (Mexican), Jorge Luis Borges (Argentine), Julio Cortazar (Argentine), Gabriel Garcia Marquez (Colombian), Julia Alvarez (Puerto Rican), Isabel Allende (Chilean), Roberto Bolano (Chilean).

Three 4-5 page papers in addition to one final paper of 10-15 pages. All assignments will involve close reading of texts and contextualization.

A syllabus for this course is available at:
Course Syllabus


Robert Conn (B.A., Dartmouth College, Ph.D. Princeton University) is associate professor of Romance languages and literatures and author of The Politics of Philology: Alfonso Reyes and the Invention of the Latin American Literary Tradition (Bucknell University Press, 2002). Click here for more information about Robert Conn.


ENROLLMENT INFORMATION

Consent of Instructor Required: No

Format: Seminar

Level: GLSP Credits: 3 Enrollment Limit: 18

Texts to purchase for this course:
Jorge Luis Borges, FICCIONES (Grove Press), Paperback

Julio Cortazar, BLOW-UP AND OTHER STORIES (Pantheon), Paperback

Julio Cortazar, CRONOPIOS AND FAMAS (New Directions), Paperback

Rosario Ferre, THE YOUNGEST DOLL (University of Nebraska Press), Paperback

Gabriel Garcia Marquez, STRANGE PILGRIMS (Vintage), Paperback

Horacio Quiroga, THE DECAPITATED CHICKEN AND OTHER STORIES (University of Wisconsin Press), Paperback

Juan Rulfo, THE BURNING PLAIN AND OTHER STORIES (Univerisity of Texas Press), Paperback

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