Latin American Literary Classics

Course Dates: 30/09/22 - 18/11/22
Time: 10:15 - 12:15
Location: Keeley Street
From Mexico to Patagonia, Latin America has produced some of the most spellbinding literature of the modern age. From dictatorship and death to national identity and the natural world, join us as we investigate the cultural heritage of the continent through some its most famous writers. Includes Jorge Luis Borges, Ernesto Sabato, Cesar Vallejo, Pablo Neruda, Juan Rulfo, Clarice Lispector, and Gabriel Garcia Marquez.
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Full fee £179.00 Senior fee £143.00 Concession £116.00

Course Code: HLT179

Fri, day, 30 Sep - 18 Nov '22

Duration: 8 sessions (over 8 weeks)

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What is the course about?

The class examines the modern literary history of Latin American through the work of influential writers from a range of countries. Including prose, poetry, and essays, the literary, political, and cultural diversity of Latin America is brought into focus through the voices of some of the continent’s best writers.

What will we cover?

Each week we will discuss an influential text from a different Latin American country, covering writing from a range of nations at different periods of history. The class will take an in depth look at literary style and the cultural and political context of each text. Among the writers covered will be Jorge Luis Borges, Ernesto Sabato, Cesar Vallejo, Pablo Neruda, Juan Rulfo, Clarice Lispector, and Gabriel Garcia Marquez.

W.H. Hudson, Idle Days in Patagonia
Jorge Luis Borges, Selected Short Stories
Ernesto Sabato, The Tunnel
Cesar Vallejo, Selected Poems
Pablo Neruda, Selected Poems
Juan Rulfo, Pedro Paramo
Clarice Lispector, Selected Short Stories
Gabriel Garcia Marquez, No One Writes to the Colonel.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

• Develop literary, historical, and cultural knowledge and expression, through varied reading on Latin American literature.
• Develop an understanding of key literary works from Latin America, and a knowledge of the main thematic, historical, literary and political contexts of this writing.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

You will need an interest in literature and reading and a willingness to discuss the texts with others.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

The class will be held in two-hour sessions over eight weeks. The first half hour will be an interactive talk on the text, writer, themes and contexts. The second half will be a round table and small group discussion of the texts in detail.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

You will need to borrow or buy:
W.H. Hudson, Idle Days in Patagonia
Ernesto Sabato, The Tunnel
Juan Rulfo, Pedro Paramo
Gabriel Garcia Marquez, No One Writes to the Colonel
Please note: any Penguin, Oxford or Vintage translation will be fine.

The tutor will supply other materials.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

Look up other fiction courses in Literature under History, Culture and Writing/Literature at

Richard Niland

Richard Niland has published widely on Joseph Conrad and a range of other 19th and 20th century writers. He taught for many years at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow and is interested in the various intersections of literature, culture, politics, music and film in different global contexts.

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