Jun 02, 2020  
2018-2019 Caspersen School of Graduate Studies 
    
2018-2019 Caspersen School of Graduate Studies [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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AREL 860 - The Novella Tradition in Spain and Latin America

3 credits


This course examines the origins, tradition, impact, and currency of the novella or short novel as an important subgenre of Spanish and Latin American literature. Beyond addressing the distinguishing characteristics of novellas (versus short stories and full-length novels), the course critically analyzes the elements of fiction of each novella considered. The readings present the Hispanic novella as a genre especially suitable for the artistic expression of certain social, cultural, and intellectual concerns within Spanish and Latin-American contexts, including recurring themes around race, gender, and sexuality. The course pays particular attention to: the reshaping of the Italian genre in the “exemplary” novellas of Spain; the use of the genre by authors of the Latin-American boom of the 1960s; and more recent articulations connected to postmodern and neorealist tendencies. This course will be taught entirely in English, with all readings available in translation. Readings will be drawn from the following, among others: Miguel de Cervantes’ Exemplary Novels, María de Zayas’ Disenchantments of Love, Ana María Matute’s Celebration in the Northwest, Juan Rulfo’s Pedro Páramo, Elena Poniatowska’s Dear Diego, Carlos Fuentes’ Aura, Gabriel García Márquez’s No One Writes to the Coronel / Chronicle of a Death Foretold, Reinaldo Arenas’ Mona, Mario Vargas Llosa’s Who Killed Palomino Molero?, Clarice Lispector’s Hour of the Star, Ana Lydia Vega’s Miss Florence’s Truth, and Mario Bellatín’s Beauty Salon.

 



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