RLSP 230 Spring 2015 Fantastic Fictions

Jorge Luis Borges may be the least Latin American of all Latin American authors, or perhaps the most. In the wake of his own statement that "Every writer creates his own precursors" he has already provided the theoretical premise for so much subsequent work that this can only be a selective course. While our primary focus will be the fantastic in Borges' short stories, with initial forays into the work of Silvina Ocampo, Adolfo Bioy Casares, María Luisa Bombal, and Juan José Arreola, we will also study his influence on Julio Cortázar, Luisa Valenzuela, Cristina Peri Rossi, and Roberto Bolaño. The course will include at least some consideration of Borges' impact on the visual arts, and his abiding legacy beyond Latin America. Conducted in Spanish.
Class Format: seminar
Requirements/Evaluation: active discussion of ideas, one oral presentation, two short papers, and one final paper
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Prerequisites: RLSP 105, placement test results, or permission of the instructor
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Divisional Attributes: Division I
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Enrollment Limit: 15
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Class Number: 3793
RLSP 230 - 01 (S) SEM Fantastic Fictions Division 1: Languages and the Arts Jonathan Pitcher
TF 2:35 PM-3:50 PM Hollander 241 3793
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