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Nathaniel Greenberg
C LIT 321
Seattle Campus

Studies in Literature of the Americas

Emphasizes connections between twentieth century literature of the United States and Canada and current literature of Latin America. Emphasizes that, despite obvious differences, much is shared in terms of culture and national sensibility across the two continents.

Class description

The cities of Buenos Aires and Tangier are two of the great cultural gateways between Europe and the Global South. Having shared for centuries a steady interchange of goods and ideas with the Iberian Peninsula in particular, works of fiction from and about these two port cities have much in common. From this point of departure, we will concentrate on a key set of fictional works, from Argentina and Morocco broadly, that constitute a post-Iberian, or post-European aesthetic of realism. Students will be asked to think and write critically about the possibilities and limitations of fiction to document history; the role of narrative in shaping the reception of socio-political phenomena and the relationship between art, politics and history more broadly.

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Readings will be accompanied by several film screenings.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Nathaniel Greenberg
Date: 03/20/2012