Spring 2015

Life Is a Dream

Listed in: Spanish, as SPAN-376


Ilan Stavans (Section 01)


Taught at the Hampshire County Jail, this Inside/Out course is designed as a journey across Hispanic civilization through the prism of the tension between reality and the surreal, the physical world and the world of dreams. Topics like Magical Realism will be explored in depth. Material includes portions of Don Quixote, the play Life Is a Dream by Calderón de la Barca, poems by Sor Juana Inés de La Cruz and Pablo Neruda, stories by Horacio Quiroga, Jorge Luis Borges, Julio Cortázar, Juan Rulfo, and Gabriel García Márquez, and movies such as Amores Perros and Pan’s Labyrinth. Students will engage in creative efforts (stories, nonfiction, theater, movies) displaying some of the strategies discussed in class.  Conducted in English.

Limited to 15 students from Amherst and the Five Colleges and 15 students from the Hampshire County Jail.  Spring semester.  Professor Stavans.

If Overenrolled: I will chose upper-class students and also look for diversity and pluralism in the AC student-body (and the Five Colleges)

Cost: 100 ?


2022-23: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Spring 2015