Spanish 195/295—The Latin American Short Story Summer 2008

Professor Yolanda Flores Phone: 656-3574 E-mail:

Office: 506 Waterman Office hours: T and Th 4:30-5:30 and by appt.

Prerequisites: Qualified to take Spanish 100 level courses (Spanish 52 and above) Course Description and Objectives: This course will study the short story narrative genre as practiced by Latin-American authors of the twentieth century. While this course will study well-known authors such as Cortázar, Borges, Rulfo, Fuentes, and García Márquez, it will also focus on authors marginalized from the traditional Latin-American short story cannon—Elena Poniatowska, Luisa Valenzuela, Ana Lydia Vega, and Mario Benedetti, among others. Some of the themes this course will explore will be the fluid boundaries between fiction and history, metafiction, the literary representation of the environment, the relationship between literature and film, images of the grotesque, magic realism, and women’s perspective in relationship to torture, female identity, and nationhood. Required Texts: Fuentes, Carlos, Aura. Course reader *Strongly recommended: a high quality Spanish-English dictionary. Course Requirements: Class Participation: Daily class attendance, preparation, and participation are required of you. For each late arrival 1/2 of your final grade will be lowered. All reading and writing assignments are required and are due on the date indicated in the syllabus. 10% of your final grade will be earned through ACTIVE class participation. Compositions: You will be required to write four compositions. For students taking the course at the 100 level, your compositions will be a minimum of two full pages, double-spaced, and computer printed. For students taking the course at the 200-level, the compositions will be 3 pages minimum,

double-spaced, and computer-printed on a topic provided to you by your instructor. Your grade on each essay will be based on style (grammar) and content (the quality of your analysis). Each composition is worth 20 % of your final grade. The four compositions will earn you 80 % of your final grade. Pop Quizzes: Six pop quizzes will be administered throughout the session. One pop quiz will be dropped from your final grade. Quizzes are based on the readings you were asked to do for that day. 10% of your final grade will be based on your pop quizzes.

Schedule of readings: This syllabus is subject to change. Students will be informed of any changes and, if necessary, will be provided with an updated syllabus. 5/20—Introduction to the course—García Márquez, “La soledad de América Latina.” Homework: Jorge Luis Borges—“El sur,” “La intrusa,” “Borges y yo.” 5/21—Discussion of readings Homework: Julio Cortázar: “La salud de los enfermos,” “Axolotl.” 5/22—Discussion of readings Homework: Cortázar: “La isla al mediodía,” “La señorita Cora.” 5/27—Discussion of readings: Homework: Juan Rulfo: “Es que somos muy pobres,” “Díles que no me maten.” First composition 5/28—First composition due and discussion of readings: Homework: Rulfo: “Luvina,” Horacio Quiroga: “La gallina degollada,” 5/29—Discussion of readings: Homework: Quiroga: El almohadón de plumas,” “El alambre de púa,” 6/03—Discussion of readings Homework: Quiroga:”La insolación,” “A la deriva,” Miguel Angel Asturias, “Leyenda de la Tatuana.” 6/04—Second composition due and discussion of readings Homework: Gabriel García Márquez: “La prodigiosa tarde de Baltazar, “La viuda de Montiel,” “La siesta del martes.” 6/05—Discussion of readings Homework: Aura --The entire novel.

6/10—Discussion of readings Homework: Isabel Allende, “Niña perversa,” “Dos palabras,” “Clarissa,” Third Composition 6/11—Discussion of readings—Third Composition Homework: Rosario Ferré: “La muñeca menor,” Rosario Castellanos, “El uso de la palabra,” Elena Poniatowska, “Esperanza, número equivocado.” 6/12—Discussion of readings: Homework: Poniatowska, “Las lavanderas,” Luisa Valenzuela, “Los censores,” Mario Benedetti, “Geografías.” 6/17—Discussion of readings: Homework: Ana Lydia Vega, “Puerto Rican Syndrome,” “Kembé.” 6/18—Discussion of readings: Homework: Fourth Composition 6/19--Fourth Composition and Film

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