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Lauro H Flores
SPAN 598
Seattle Campus

Literary Problems: Latin America

Class description

Examination of key works by Carlos Fuentes and Juan Rulfo, precursors of modern Mexican narrative: El llano en llamas, Pedro Páramo, Aura, El naranjo (los círculos del tiempo). Adjustments can be made, depending on the particular interests of students enrolled in the course.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Seminar method. The instructor will use the first two sessions to provide a general introduction and to frame the central problems of the course. Students will be asked to briefly present the subsequent texts, uwing the instructors previous presentations as a model. Interaction of all participants, instructor and students, will be essential for the success of the seminar.

Recommended preparation

Read ahead of time as many of the assigned texts as possible; keep in mind that the quarter moves very fast. Attempt to identify a topic of your interest for the final paper as soon as possible--in most cases this won´t be possible until the second half of the quarter, of course. Keep the theme in the back of your mind during class discussions and in the course of your research.

Class assignments and grading

One outline to be used in the preparation of the final paper; one brief in-class, oral presentation on one of the assigned texts; one final paper.

1) Attendnce and active participation in the class discussions; 2) One oral presentation; 3) One final paper.

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 Lauro H Flores
Date: 05/24/2010