Spring 2011 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions

Hatfield, Charles
Discipline and Number
LIT 3312 Section 002
TR Time 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM
Course Title
Detective Fiction: Latin America

Description of Course:

In this course we will study the emergence and development of Latin American detective fiction through the work of writers such as Jorge Luis Borges, Mario Vargas Llosa, Paco Ignacio Taibo, and Leonardo Padura Fuentes. Specifically, we will focus on the ways in which writers have adapted and even reinvented the detective genre—which has its origins in nineteenth-century Europe and the United States—into one that can take on major questions related to politics and society in Latin America. Readings will be in English.

Required Texts:

Available at the Campus Bookstore and at Off-Campus Books.

Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:

Two exams (25% each), two short papers (20% each), class participation (10%).

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