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SPAN 492 A: Individual Authors And Special Topics In Latin American Literature

Investigaciones hispanoamericanas: lecturas creativas

Meeting Time: 
TTh 9:30am - 11:20am
PAA A214
Samuel Jaffee

Syllabus Description:

SPAN 492: Spanish American Investigations

Poe's Baltimore meets Spanish America

This course studies stories, films, and novellas from 20th-century Argentina, Uruguay and Mexico with unsolvable, illogical or fantastical mysteries at their heart. Discomfiting settings include a furnace-like town where only the dead live, an embassy party amid ruptured geopolitical relations, suburban body dumping grounds and a geometrically rigorous and ever-expanding library. Authors read: Peri Rossi, Valenzuela, Borges, Cortazar, Fuentes, Rulfo. Films by Francisco Vargas and Juan Jose Campanella. Class discussions will attempt to put order to the plots and solve the crimes, mysteries or fantasies -- or delight in their indecipherable writing. Students will respond to these mysteries with unsolvable creative texts of their own, which we will then attempt to investigate.

Catalog Description: 
Focuses on an individual Latin American author or a special problem in Latin American literature. Prerequisite: either SPAN 303 or SPAN 316; SPAN 321.
GE Requirements: 
Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts (VLPA)
Last updated: 
October 17, 2016 - 12:51pm