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WRITERS AND SOCIETY. LATI 50 Introduction to Latin America. WHERE ARE WE?. Week 1: Modern Latin America , chs . 1-2 Week 2: Chronicle of a Death Foretold Week 3: Modern Latin America , chs . 3-5 and website, Documents 3, 6, 10. COURSE DOCUMENTS. Syllabus Class outlines Website:

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writers and society

WRITERS AND SOCIETY

LATI 50

Introduction to Latin America

where are we
WHERE ARE WE?
  • Week 1: Modern Latin America, chs. 1-2
  • Week 2: Chronicle of a Death Foretold
  • Week 3: Modern Latin America, chs. 3-5 and website, Documents 3, 6, 10
course documents
COURSE DOCUMENTS
  • Syllabus
  • Class outlines
  • Website:
    • polisci.ucsd.edu/faculty/smith/html
    • dss.ucsd.edu/ ̴ phsmith/teaching.htm
social roles of writers in latin america
SOCIAL ROLES OF WRITERSIN LATIN AMERICA
  • Defining national/cultural identity
  • Giving voice (and dignity) to general public
  • Critic of social injustice: fiction as reality
  • Celebrity status
meanings of magical realism
MEANINGS OF “MAGICAL REALISM”
  • Controversial term
  • Imagination>objectivity as path to human truth
  • Sublime>mundane, absurd>logical
  • Juxtaposition: massive scale in tiny places
  • Straightforward narration of preposterous people and events
the boom
THE “BOOM”
  • Mid-1960s to 1990s (?)
  • Latin America as culture and society, universalized at the same time
  • Forefront of developing world
nobel laureates
NOBEL LAUREATES
  • 1945: Gabriela Mistral (Chile)
  • 1967: Miguel Angel Asturias (Guatemala)
  • 1971: Pablo Neruda (Chile)
  • 1982: Gabriel GarcíaMárquez (Colombia)
  • 1990: Octavio Paz (Mexico)
  • 1992: Derek Walcott (Caribbean)
  • 2010: Mario Vargas Llosa (Peru)