Rulfo, Borges and Marquez: masters of Latin American storytelling

Course Dates: 21/05/22 - 28/05/22
Time: 10:30 - 13:00
Location: Online
We explore the main short stories from Borges' 'Labyrinths' (1962), together with Marquez's novella 'No one writes to the Colonel' (1961) and Rulfo's novel 'Pedro Páramo' (1955), investigating their unique approach to storytelling that shows the diverse and complex cultural and social context they originate from.
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Book your place
In stock
Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £47.00 Concession £36.00

This course has now started

Course Code: HLT186

Started Sat, day, 21 May - 28 May '22

Duration: 2 sessions (over 2 weeks)

Call us to check if you can still join the course 020 7492 2652 (depart num)

Please note: We offer a wide variety of financial support to make courses affordable. Just visit our online Help Center for more information on a range of topics including fees, online learning and FAQs.

What is the course about?

We will explore the main short stories from Jorge Luis Borges' 'Labyrinths' (1962), together with Márquez's novella 'No one writes to the Colonel' (1961) & Rulfo’s ‘Pedro Páramo’, investigating their unique approach to storytelling while understanding their social, political and cultural importance in their specific historical context.

This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

What will we cover?

We will explore three Latin American literary works that show the diverse and complex cultural and social context
they originate from.
We will read fragments from all the stories in order to discuss the way they expose their critical messages.
We will investigate three literary perspectives that critically address power and oppression.

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

-Understand how these three Latin American giants used their literary talents to portray unique aspects of their
specific cultures
-Learn about classic literary masterpieces from Latin America
-Analyse literary language as a critical tool.

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

As this is an introductory course you will not need any specific knowledge of the subject. All those interested in the subject are welcome.
You will have the ability and willingness to read text, exchange responses to it and listen in an open and supportive
way to the response of others.

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

Tutor input, text analysis, large and small group discussion.

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

The tutor will provide all materials.

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

Look for other Literature courses at under History, Culture and Writing/Literature/Fiction.

Óscar Salgado Suárez

Dr. Óscar Salgado-Suárez teaches Spanish language and cultural courses at Birkbeck, University of London; Imperial College and City Lit. His cultural research interests are 20th and 21st Century Spanish and Latin American visual and literary representations with a focus on storytelling, affects and humour studies in relation to historiography, national identities and power formations.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.