RLSP 402 Senior Seminar: Power, Repression, and Dictatorship in the Latin-American Novel

Last offered Spring 2013

Military dictatorship is among the most crucial factors in Latin-American society and history, and some of the continent's leading novelists have taken it upon themselves to depict the experience in their work. In this course we will examine both the fact of dictatorship itself and the diverse representation thereof in Spanish-American fiction. Novels by García Márquez, Vargas Llosa, Poniatowska, and Tomas Eloy Martínez will be closely studied. Students will also read Absalom! Absalom! by Faulkner, whose influence on Latin-American authors' techniques of representation has been decisive and profound. Conducted in Spanish.
Class Format: seminar
Requirements/Evaluation: three papers based on the readings, one oral report on the life and personality of a given dictator, and a final exam
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Prerequisites: any 300-level RLSP course or two 200-level RLSP courses or permission of the instructor
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Class Number: 3841
RLSP 402 SEM Sr Sem: Latin-American Novel Division 1: Languages and the Arts Gene H. Bell-Villada
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