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  1. WRITERS AND SOCIETY LATI 50 Introduction to Latin America

  2. WHERE ARE WE? • Week 1: Introduction • Modern Latin America, chs. 1-2 • Week 2: Dimensions of History • Modern Latin America, chs. 3 and 5 and website, Primary Documents 37, 39 • Week 3: A World of Multiple Truths • Chronicle of a Death Foretold, entire • Week 4: The Quest for Economic Development

  3. COURSE MATERIALS • Syllabus • Class outlines • Readings • Videos in Visual Arts Library “The Americas” • MLA Website: • library.brown.edu/modernlatinamerica • PHS Website: • pages.ucsd.edu/~phsmith

  4. SOCIAL ROLES OF WRITERS IN LATIN AMERICA • Defining national/cultural identity • Giving voice (and dignity) to general public • Critic of social injustice: fiction as reality • Celebrity status

  5. 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

  6. THE “BOOM” Mid-1960s to 1990s (?) Latin America as culture and society, universalized at the same time Forefront of developing world

  7. 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)