RLSP 230 Fall 2012 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, Maria Luisa Bombal, and Juan Jose Arreola, we will also study his influence on Julio Cortazar, Luisa Valenzuela, Cristina Peri Rossi, and Roberto Bola?o. 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: Spanish 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: 1860
RLSP230-01(F) SEM Fantastic Fictions Division 1: Languages and the Arts Jonathan Pitcher
MWF 12:00 PM-12:50 PM Griffin 4 1860
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