Professor Greg Dawes

Latin American Literature and culture; cultural theory

Dept. of Foreign Languages & Literatures

Office:  415 Withers Hall

Office Hours:  Tuesdays and Thursdays 1:00-2:00 pm


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FALL 2010


FLS 353:  Literatures and Cultures of Latin America III



Course Description

In this survey course, students will examine literary genres in connection with concurrent cultural and historical events in Latin America since 1960.  We will be analyzing films, poetry, short stories, music and art from this period.


Learning Outcomes

Upon completing the course students will be able to:

* Identify and explain themes encountered in Latin American literary texts from 1960 until the present.

* Interpret literary texts in their cultural, social, and historical contexts.

*Skillfully engage in interpreting the study of literature and culture.

*Discuss and examine critically the relationship between the cultural works and class, gender, and race.

*Discuss literary and cultural topics in Spanish semi-fluently at a intermediate high (or higher) level on the oral proficiency scale of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL).


Required materials

Chang-Rodríguez, Raquel and Malva E. Filer.  Voces de Hispanoamérica:  antología literaria.  Tercera edición. Boston:  Thomson/Heinle, 2004.


Fox, Arturo A.  Latinoamérica:  presente y pasado.  Third Edition.  Upper Saddle River, NJ:  Pearson Prentice Hall, 2007.


**sources on the internet (URLs indicated on syllabus)

_______________________________________________________________________Prerequisites and Restrictions

            Prerequisites:  FLS 341, 342, 343, 351, 352

            Co-requisites:  FLS 340

_______________________________________________________________________Grade Components

Preparation/Participation/attendance 20%  Participation involves reading the material, volunteering information, answering questions, and interacting with other students.  Attendance:  a maximum of three absences are permitted before it affects your grade.


Homework      15% This portion of the grade has to do with the Fox book.  To complete the homework go to this website:  Select a chapter, and then do “Selección,” “Identificaciones” and “Asociaciones.”  When you finish with each section, send me a copy (the website has a box for this) at:


Essays             35%  These are two, 4-5 page papers written (in Spanish) as responses to the literature and culture.  They should be well-organized argumentative essays—supported by citations from the texts or, for instance, references to scenes in the movies.  Use the MLA style.


Final essay      30%  The final paper must be a well-organized, argumentative essay with citations from the text, movie(s) or art, and at least 5 secondary sources.  Please note that sources from the internet must be from journal articles in the field.  The essay must be 7-8 pages in length.


Grading Scale


97-100             A+                   77-79               C+

93-96               A                     73-76               C

90-92               A-                    70-72               C-

87-89               B+                   67-69               D+

83-86               B                     63-66               D

80-82               B-                    60-62               D-


Course Schedule



19 Presentación del curso.  Película:  “Diarios de motocicleta.” (ARGENTINA)


24 “Diarios de motocicleta.”  Fox, “El Siglo XX:  panorama latinoamericano.”


26 Fox, “El Siglo XX” [turn in homework].


31 ARGENTINA:  Jorge Luis Borges, “Borges y yo” y “El sur” (Chang-Rodríguez).



2 Fox, “Los países del cono sur:  Paraguay, Uruguay, Argentina, Chile.”


7 Fox, “Los países del cono sur” [turn in homework]  Julio Cortázar, “La puerta condenada” ( )


9 Cortázar, )“Isla al mediodía” (Chang-Rodríguez); Luisa Valenzuela, “Los censores” (Chang-Rodríguez).


14 Película:  “La historia oficial.”


16 “La historia oficial.”  Juan Gelman, “Hechos” ( y “El infierno verdadero” (


21 Mario Benedetti, “Sábado de Gloria” (URUGUAY) (; (CHILE) Pablo Neruda, “Estación inmóvil” (Chang-Rodríguez), ““XVII” (


23 Pablo Neruda, “La poesía” ( ), “Resurrecciones” ( ), Entregar el primer ensayo


28 Película:  “Salvador Allende”


30 “Salvador Allende”; Roberto BolaĖo, “Otro cuento ruso” (



5 BolaĖo, “Llamadas telefónicas” (pdf); Nicanor Parra, “Soliloquio del individuo” ( )




12 Fox, “El norte de Suramérica:  Colombia y Venezuela” (turn in homework)


14 (COLOMBIA) Gabriel García Márquez, “La prodigiosa tarde de Baltzar” (Chang-Rodríguez)


19 García Márquez, “Un seĖor muy viejo con alas enormes” (


21 Arte:  Fernando Botero (, Fox, “El área del Caribe:  Haití, la República Dominicana, Cuba.”


26 Fox, “El área del Caribe” [turn in homework]. Entregar el segundo ensayo


28 (CUBA) Película: “Memorias del subdesarrollo”




2  “Memorias”; Nicolás Guillén, “Un largo lagarto verde” (Chang-Rodríguez), “Problemas del subdesarrollo” (


4 Película: “Buena Vista Social Club”


9 “Buena Vista”, Fox, “Centroamérica y México” (turn in homework).


11 (NICARAGUA) Ernesto Cardenal, (Epigramas) “Al perderte yo a ti”, Oración por Marilyn Monroe” (


16 (MEXICO) Carlos Fuentes, “Chac Mool” (Chang-Rodríguez).

Rosario Castellanos, “Valium 10”


18 Castellanos, “Poesía no eres tú” y “Costumbres mexicanas” (Chang-Rodríguez)


23 Octavio Paz, “Máscaras mexicanas” (





2 Octavio Paz, “Dos cuerpos”, “Himno entre ruinas”; Elena Poniatowska “Esperanza número equivocado” (Chang-Rodríguez)


9 entregar el ensayo final (como documento adjunto [attachment]) para las 5:00 de la tarde

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