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Tales of Resistance: Modernity and the Latin American Short Story
SPAN 284
Fall 2010
Section: 01  
Crosslisting: LAST 254

Latin American writers from the early 20th 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 Cortázar, 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.

Essential Capabilities: Intercultural Literacy, Writing
Through close reading of short stories and discussion of
cultural issues , students will have the opportunity to focus on the
manner in which they interpret texts and build arguments. The
required papers, spread out over the semester, will permit students to
hone their writing skills in Spanish. Since it is expected that students
will participate in classroom discussion, they will also have the
opportunity to practice their spoken Spanish.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: HA RLAN
Course Format: Lecture / DiscussionGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (HISP)(LAST)(RMST)(SPAN)
Past Enrollment Probability: 90% or above

Last Updated on APR-17-2014
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