(RC) An exploration of the Chilean writer’s life and work in the context of the Pinochet coup, the effects of the Cold War, and his exile in Mexico and Spain. Attention will be given to Bolaño as a self-professed outcast from the mainstream tradition in Latin American literature and his connection to Jorge Luis Borges, Julio Cortázar, Roberto Arlt, and Nicanor Parra, among other precursors. His stories (Last Evenings on Earth), novellas (Distant Star, Nazi Literature in the Americas, etc.), and portions of TheSavage Detectives and 2666 will be analyzed in detail. Conducted in Spanish.
Requisite: Spanish 07 or equivalent. Limited to juniors and seniors, or with consent of the professor. Fall semester. Professor Stavans.