Spring 2010

Latin American Short Story

Listed in: Spanish, as SPAN-92


Ilan Stavans (Section 01)


(RC) A Talmudic reading of the short-story tradition in Latin America.  Although the course starts with 19th- and early 20th-century pioneers, special attention is given to the masterful practitioners who were writing from the 1940s onward (Borges, Rulfo, Hernández, Carpentier, Cortázar, García Márquez).  Contemporary authors (Allende, Bega, Bolaño, Aira) and even younger voices are also contemplated.  The focus is on appraising a tradition constantly being revamped through its promiscuous relationship with other literary genres (essay, novel, poem, reportage, crónica, testimonio).  Students reflect on structural and linguistic devices as well as on rivalries within the tradition and foreign influences (Poem, Maupassant, Chekhov, Hemingway, et al).  Conducted in Spanish.

Requisite:  Spanish 11, 12 or consent of the instructor. Limited to 25 students. Spring semester.  Professor Stavans.

If Overenrolled: upperclassmen preferred


2022-23: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Spring 2010