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  1. WRITERS AND SOCIETY LATI 50 Introduction to Latin America

  2. 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

  3. COURSE DOCUMENTS • Syllabus • Class outlines • Website: • polisci.ucsd.edu/faculty/smith/html • dss.ucsd.edu/ ̴ phsmith/teaching.htm

  4. 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

  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)