Twentieth-Century Latin American Narrative
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Division: The New School for Public Engagement
School: School of Undergraduate Studies
Course Number: NLIT 3715
Course Format: Lecture
Permission Required: No
In this course, students read and analyze major novels and short stories of the 20th century---a period when the literature of Latin America attained maturity and began to influence readers and writers worldwide. We study the diverse schools and tendencies of this literature, including the marvelous real and magical realism of Cuban of Alejo Carpentier and Colombian Gabriel Garcia Marquez; whose writing frequently reflects the cultural history of the Caribbean; the combination of high modernism and realism characteristic of Peru's Mario Vargas Llosa; and the innovative fantastic literature of Argentina's Jorge Luis Borges. Students develop an understanding of the historical and cultural background of Latin American literature, its evolution during the 20th century, and the stylistic heterogeneity that is one of its defining characteristics. Additional authors may be read, including Carlos Fuentes (Mexico), Eduardo Halfón (Guatemala), Clarice Lispector (Brazil), and Roberto Bolaño (Chile and Mexico).