Please note that this module was available
until 2010, but has since been
withdrawn and is no longer available.
Tutor: Professor John King
This module traces the development of narrative fiction in Latin American in the Twentieth Century through analysis of seven primary texts by major Latin American writers, including works by Jorge Luis Borges, Mario Vargas Llosa, Carlos Fuentes, Gabriel García Márquez and Clarice Lispector. The texts focus on a wide range of formal and thematic concerns, including the 'Boom' in Latin American fiction, the interaction between literature and history, the influence of the media, popular culture, narrative devices and multiple-perspective writing.
The module will give students the opportunity to develop skills of close reading, literary analysis and critical theory, and to engage with some of the greatest works of twentieth century literature. Through the study of a wide range of authors and texts, it will focus on the central question of how Latin American novelists of the twentieth century view their role in society, and how this is borne out in their writing.