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.
Format: seminar; In-person.
Grading: yes pass/fail option,
yes fifth course option
three 8-page papers, response journals, an oral report, a final 3-page paper, and class participation
RLSP 105, or RLSP 200, or results of Williams College Placement Exam, or permission of instructor
Spanish majors, Latina/o Studies concentrators
Difference, Power, and Equity
This course focuses on the ultimate sort of power-namely, military dictatorship. And it focuses on the historical fact of such a phenomenon within the U.S. political sphere of influence--Latin America. To study dictatorship and its depiction in literature is a means of understanding the nature of that power imbalance and of taking a first step toward some sense of equity.
GBST Latin American Studies Electives