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Lauro H Flores
SPAN 474
Seattle Campus

Latin American Fiction: Twentieth Century

Study of prose fiction in Latin America in the twentieth century. Prerequisite: either SPAN 303, SPAN 316, or SPAN 330; SPAN 321; SPAN 322; either SPAN 304, SPAN 305, SPAN 306, SPAN 307, SPAN 308, SPAN 319, SPAN 339, SPAN 340, SPAN 350, SPAN 351, SPAN 352, SPAN 394, or SPAN 395.

Class description

Critical reading and analysis of literary texts as well as the general social and historical background of authors studied.

Among the problems this course will study are: the development of 20th-century Latin-American literature; the changing borders between fiction and non-fiction writing; urban vs. rural novels; and the large and complex topics of identity, migration, and transculturation.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Initial introductory lectures by instructor followed by students comments and questions. The participation of students is strongly encouraged and questions are welcome at any point, even during the lecture sessions. In fact, students will be required to do an oral, group, in-class presentation of about 15-20 mins. on an aspect of one of the required texts.

Recommended preparation

Read the texts ahead of time, if possible, so that you can come to class ready to make questions and prepared to participate in the discussions. Also, try to identify a topic for the final paper as soon as possible. Do not wait until the last minute. This is particularly important during the compact summer sessions.

Class assignments and grading

Reading of assigned texts, independent research on the authors studied in the course and related subjects. One essay midterm and one final paper 10-12 pp. long, with notes and bibliography.

Attendance and participation, 20%; Midterm exam 20%; Presentation, 20%; final paper, 40%.


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: 07/09/2003