Latin American literary classics

Course Dates: 19/01/24 - 08/03/24
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 of its best writers.
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Full fee £179.00 Senior fee £143.00 Concession £116.00

Course Code: HLT293

Fri, day, 19 Jan - 08 Mar '24

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 and poetry, 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(s) 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, Cesar Vallejo, Pablo Neruda, Juan Rulfo, Clarice Lispector, and Yuri Herrera

.• Jorge Luis Borges, Selected Short Stories
• Cesar Vallejo, Selected Poems
• Pablo Neruda, Selected Poems
• Juan Rulfo, Selected Short Stories
• Clarice Lispector, Selected Short Stories
• Antonio di Benedetto, Zama
• Roberto Bolaño, By Night in Chile
• Yuri Herrera, Signs Preceding the End of the World.

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

• Have developed their literary, historical, and cultural knowledge and expression, through varied reading on Latin American literature.
• Students should develop 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?

An interest in the subject and a willingness to read and learn in a supportive environment is all that is required.

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

The class will be held in 2-hour sessions over eight weeks. The first half hour will be an interactive talk on the text, writer, themes and contexts. The remainder 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?

Just bring along a copy of the relevant text for discussion each week. Several of the texts will be distributed electronically by the tutor (TBC). Prior reading is the only requirement.

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

Please look for other international literature courses on our website, under History, Culture and Writing/Literature/Fiction.

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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