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Spanish 195—The Latin American Short Story

Summer 2010

Professor Yolanda Flores Office: 506 Waterman

Phone: 656-3574 Office hours: By appt.
E-mail: yflores@uvm.edu

Qualified to take Spanish 100 level courses (Spanish 52 and above)

Course Description and Objectives:

This course will study the short story narrative genre as practiced by Latin-American
authors of the twentieth century and twentieth century. While this course will study well-
known authors such as Cortázar, Borges, Rulfo, Fuentes, and García Márquez, it will also
focus on authors marginalized from the traditional Latin-American short story cannon—
Elena Poniatowska, Luisa Valenzuela, Ana Lydia Vega, and Mario Benedetti, among
others. Some of the themes this course will explore will be the fluid boundaries between
fiction and history, metafiction, the literary representation of the environment, the
relationship between literature and film, images of the grotesque, magic realism, and
women’s perspective in relationship to torture, female identity, and nationhood.

Required Texts:
Fuentes, Carlos, Aura.
Course readings are found on Blackboard. Please print the readings and bring them to
*Strongly recommended: a high quality Spanish-English dictionary.

Course Requirements:
Class Participation:
Daily class attendance, preparation, and participation are required of you. For each late
arrival 1/2 of your final grade will be lowered. All reading and writing assignments are
required and are due on the date indicated in the syllabus. 10% of your final grade will
be earned through ACTIVE class participation.

You will be required to write Three compositions. Your compositions will be a minimum
of three full pages, double-spaced, and computer printed. Your grade on each essay will
be based on style (grammar) and content (the quality of your analysis). Each
composition is worth 25 % of your final grade. The four compositions will earn you 75
% of your final grade.
Pop Quizzes:
Eight pop quizzes will be administered throughout the session. One pop quiz will be
dropped from your final grade. Quizzes are based on the readings you were asked to do
for that day. 15% of your final grade will be based on your pop quizzes.

Schedule of readings:
This syllabus is subject to change. Students will be informed of any changes and, if
necessary, will be provided with an updated syllabus.

5/25—Introduction to the course—Introducción al análisis del cuento: vocabulario y

conceptos básicos y García Márquez, “La soledad de América Latina.”
Homework: Jorge Luis Borges—“El sur,” “La intrusa,” y “Borges y yo.”

5/26—Discussion of readings
Homework: Julio Cortázar: “La salud de los enfermos,” “La isla al mediodía,” “ La
señorita Cora.”

5/27—Discussion of readings
Homework: Juan Rulfo: “Es que somos muy pobres,” “Díles que no me maten,”

6/01—Discussion of readings:
Homework: Horacio Quiroga, “La gallina degollada,” “El almohadón de plumas,” “El
alambre de púa,” Miguel Angel Asturias, “Leyenda de la Tatuana.”
First composition

6/02—First composition due and discussion of readings:

Homework: Gabriel García Márquez: “La prodigiosa tarde de Baltazar, “La viuda de
Montiel,” “La siesta del martes.”

6/03—Discussion of readings:
Homework: Isabel Allende, “Niña perversa,” “Dos palabras,” “Clarissa”

6/08—Discussion of readings
Homework: : Rosario Ferré: “La muñeca menor,” Rosario Castellanos, “El uso de la
palabra,” Elena Poniatowska, “Esperanza, número equivocado.”

6/09—Second composition due and discussion of readings

Homework: Poniatowska, “Las lavanderas,” Luisa Valenzuela, “Los censores,” Mario
Benedetti, “Geografías.”

6/10—Discussion of readings
Homework: Aura --The entire novel.
6/15—Discussion of readings
Homework: Ana Lydia Vega, “Puerto Rican Syndrome,” “Kembé.”
6/16—Discussion of readings
Homework: Third Composition

6/17—Third Composition Due and film

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