Fall 2010 - Graduate Course Description
Hatfield, Charles
Discipline and Number
HUSL 6373 Section 501
M Time 7:00 PM - 9:45 PM
Course Title
Theories of Latin America

Description of Course:

Students in this graduate seminar will gain an introduction to modern Latin American intellectual history by reading and studying literary texts--novels, short stories, poems, and essays--that have engaged in some of the region's most important social, cultural, and political debates. On the one hand, we will trace a history of ideas in Latin America through the work of writers and intellectuals. On the other hand, however, we will reflect on the work of writers and intellectuals in relation to other discourses and wider networks of representation.

Required Texts:

Arguedas, José María. Deep Rivers. Trans. Frances Horning Barraclough. Long Grove, IL: Waveland, 2002. ISBN 978-1577662440

Carpentier, Alejo. The Lost Steps. Minneapolis: U of Minnesota P, 2001.
ISBN 978-0816638079

Darío, Rubén. Selected Writings. Ed. Ilán Stavans. Trans. Andrew Hurley, Greg Simon, and Steven White. New York: Penguin, 2005. ISBN 978-0143039365

Fernández Retamar, Roberto. Caliban and Other Essays. Trans. Edward Baker. Minneapolis: U of Minnesota P, 1989. ISBN 978-0816617432

Mármol, José. Amalia. Trans. Helen Lane. Oxford: Oxford UP, 2001.
ISBN 978-0195122770

Martí, José. Selected Writings. Ed. and trans. Esther Allen. New York: Penguin, 2002.
ISBN 978-0142437049

Matto de Turner, Clorinda. Torn from the Nest. Trans. John H.R. Polt. Oxford: Oxford UP, 1999. ISBN 978-0195110067

Rama, Angel. The Lettered City. Trans. John Charles Chasteen. Durham: Duke UP, 1996. ISBN 978-0822317661

Rodó, José Enrique. Ariel. Trans. Margaret Sayers Peden. Austin: U of Texas P, 1988. ISBN 978-0292703964

Sarmiento, Domingo Faustino. Facundo: Civilization and Barbarism. Trans. Kathleen Ross. Berkeley: U of California P, 2004. ISBN 978-0520239807

Vallejo, Fernando. Our Lady of the Assassins. Trans. Paul Hammond. London: Serpent’s Tail, 2001. ISBN 978-1852426477

Vargas Llosa, Mario. Death in the Andes. Trans. Edith Grossman. New York: Picador,
1997. ISBN 978-0312427252

Vasconcelos, José. The Cosmic Race. Ed and trans. Didier T. Jaén. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins UP, 1997. ISBN 978-0801856556

Washbourne, Kelly, ed. An Anthology of Spanish American Modernismo. New York: MLA, 2007. ISBN 9780873529396

Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:

Two short writing assignments (20% each); final paper (50%); seminar participation (10%).

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