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Cesar A. Salgado

Associate Professor Ph.D., Yale University

Associate Professor, Department of Spanish & Portuguese
Cesar A. Salgado

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poetry in colonial and modern Latin America; comparative postcolonial studies and theory; modern literary and critical theory

LAS 392S • Boom And Post Boom

41035 • Fall 2013
Meets M 100pm-400pm MEZ 1.104
(also listed as C L 381, ILA 387 )
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DESCRIPTION:

This course is intended as an overview of the main trends in modern and postmodern writing in Latin America related to the creative, critical, and editorial phenomena known as the “Boom” and the “Post-Boom” in post-WW II Latin American narrative.  The class will discuss the European/New World avant-garde precursors and writings that feed into “Boom” poetics; some of the main authors and works that participate in this wrongly-called “coming-of-age” moment of Latin American literary culture on the world stage; and the publishing, commercial, academic, and geopolitical institutional and cultural frameworks that gave ground to the international popularity and canonical prestige achieved by both “Boom” and “Post-Boom” writers. Special attention will be paid the Cuban Revolution, Spanish editorial practices under Franco and after, publishing industry developments in Mexico City, Buenos Aires, and Havana and the rise of Latin American studies in U.S. and European universities as key contextual catalysts in the emergence of Boom and Post-Boom canon politics and debates.  We will also consider how the trends in narrative fiction emerging after the alleged “end” of the Boom either extend or challenge the esthetic principles, patriarchal presumptions, and ethics of the Boom novel.  Among these trends we will consider the testimonial novel (Barnet); neobaroque writing (Sarduy); feminist, Afro- and Asian-Latino, and queer revisions of Boom masculinity, nationalism, and heteronormativity (Garro, Sarduy, Santos);  South Cone writing under post-1973 dictatorship (Eltit and Piglia); the “Boom”-like cosmopolitanism and media tactics of the “Crack” generation (Bolaño, Volpi); the “wired,” globalized outlook of the MacOndo writers (Fuguet).

The first half of the course will cover major “Boom” texts, writers and critical debates.  After Spring Break, the course will shift to current debates about more recent trends in post-Boom Latin American writing by younger authors.  The seminar is conceived as a panoramic course, and discussion will focus on the close reading and formal and thematic appreciation of “canonical” novels.   However, we will also consider in detail academic works in esthetic, cultural, critical, and field theory that address:  1. the implications of “Boom” and “post-Boom” writing in the light of the achievements and failures of revolutionary, neoliberal, and “pink wave” movements in Latin American during the Cold War and after (Jean Franco, John Beverly); 2.  the role of literary prizes, translation and publishing conglomerates in the international promotion and commercial success of Boom and post-Boom writers (Angel Rama, Deborah Cohn); 3.  the rise and fall of neoliberalism as an economic and ideological model (Brett Levinson);  4. the connection between Boom politics, the Cuban Revolution and the 1960s cultural moment (Dianne Sorensen); 5.  the role of Boom and post-Boom texts in the institutionalization of Latin Americanism as a field of Otherness/cultural studies in First World academia (Alberto  Moreiras, de la Campa), and 6. post-modern sexuality, gender, and queer studies (O’Connor, Ruvalcaba).

REQUIRED BOOKS

BOOM:

Jorge Luis Borges, Ficciones

Alejo Carpentier, El reino de este mundo

José María Arguedas, Los ríos profundos

Juan Rulfo, Pedro Páramo

Carlos Fuentes, La muerte de Artemio Cruz

Elena Garro, Recuerdos del porvenir

Julio Cortázar, El libro de Manuel

POST-BOOM:

Severo Sarduy, De donde son los cantantes

Miguel Barnet, Canción de Rachel

Diamela Eltit, El cuarto mundo

Ricardo Piglia, Respiración artificial

Roberto Bolaño, Los detectives salvajes

Jorge Volpi, El fin de la locura

Mayra Santos, Sirena Serena vestida de pena

Readings packet with short stories, chapters or articles by:  José Donoso, Carlos Fuentes, Alberto Fuguet, Emir Rodríguez Monegal, Angel Rama, Gerald Martín, Gerald Martín, Roberto González Echevarría, Jean Franco, Aníbal González, Brett Levinson, Alberto Moreiras, Deborah Cohn, Diana Sorensen, John Beverly, Román de la Campa, Patrick O’Connor, Héctor Ruvalcaba, and Fabienne Bradu.  Students will also read excerpts from theoretical works about narrative genres, the literary field, symbolic economy, minority literature and literary canon formation by such as Mikhail Bakhtin, Pierre Bourdieu, Jean Baudrillard, Gills Deleuze and John Guillory.

REQUIREMENTS: 

One 20-min. oral presentation and written book review on a major book length study on Boom or post-Boom poetics or writing in Latin America from a suggested list to be provided by the instructor (20%).  A critical bibliography of ten major articles on a Boom or Post-Boom writer or issue with a 20-25 page introduction on the developing horizons of criticism on the writer or issue in question or a 20-25 page article written as the eleventh and last article of a critical anthology gathering the ten articles (50%-60%).  Class participation and short presentations (20%). 

LAS 370S • Visns Of East In Lat Amer Writ

40460 • Spring 2013
Meets TTH 1100am-1230pm BEN 1.118
(also listed as SPN 352 )
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LAS 381 • Lit/Archiv Fash In Caribbean

40565 • Spring 2013
Meets W 200pm-500pm CLA 0.124
(also listed as C L 382 )
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Literature and Archival Fashioning in the Caribbean

Spring 2013

CL 382           

What is the relationship between the Caribbean as a field of study and the creation of archives?  How do archives contribute to canonize or monumentalize a Caribbean writer or a historical figure?  What forms of archiving--preservation of government records, manuscripts, letters, and unpublished materials; the search for and publication of "secondary" forms of writing--emerge in relationship to the study and the definition of the Caribbean as a region?

How has the relationship between culture and archiving developed in colonial and postcolonial regions such as the Caribbean?  How are race, slavery and post-slave society, class, and gender implicated in these issues?  Is the Caribbean "archive" national, transnational, or diasporic?  How have archival politics determined the relationship between literature and historiography in the Caribbean?

This seminar will address such questions from contemporary archival theory while reviewing genre forms in Caribbean literature that occupy a hybrid space between fiction and documentation, literature and history, fantasy and fact:  legends, memoirs, crónicas, historical novels, and testimonial narratives.  We will look into several "case studies" of archival fashioning--the "archivo colombino," "archivo del 1898," “archiving” slavery, documenting the Cuban Revolution, among others-- to investigate epistemological, esthetic, and hermeneutic issues in the definition of what is Caribbean history and literature from the sixteenth century to the present.

The course will be organized around the figures and work of “archivist-writers”.  These are either literary writers, historians, or intellectual figures that have been involved in, have inspired or questioned the production, consolidation, or theorization of important Caribbean or Caribbean-related libraries, archives, or collections.  In the case of some writers, these archives in question may be the background for the production of works of historical fiction that we will discuss in class

REQUIREMENTS AND GRADING:Oral presentations (20%), short take-home exercise relating fictions and documents (20%), participation (10%), 15-20 page term paper (50%)

The take-home exercise will consist ofone 4-5 page essay questions related to the theories, texts, and methods discussed in class.

TEXTBOOKS AND/OR CLASS MATERIALS:

Domingo del Monte, selection of readings

Juan Francisco Manzano, Autobiografía de un esclavo and other documents

Alejandro Tapia y Rivera, Mis memorias, Biblioteca Histórica de Puerto Rico (selections)

Lola Rodríguez de Tió, selection of poetry and readings

Jose Martí, Crónicas y cartas de Nueva York; readings on the celebration of the Centennial of Martí’s Birth in Cuba, 1952

Arturo Schomburg, selection of writings.

Cayetano Coll y Toste, Leyendas puertorriqueñas, Boletín Histórico (selections)

C. L. R. James, Beyond a Boundary, selections from Black Jacobins

Alejo Carpentier, El reino de este mundo, El arpa y la sombra

José Luis González, El país de cuatro pisos, La luna no era de queso (memorias)

Eduoard Glissant, Le discours antillais

Antonio Benitez Rojo, Mujer en traje de batalla, La isla que se repite

Joaquín Balaquer, La isla al revés/ Juan Bosch, El Caribe, frontera imperial/

Mario Vargas Llosa, La fiesta del chivo (selection)

Jean Price Mars, Ainsi parla l’oncle, La République d’Haïti et la République Dominicaine

Rosario Ferré, Memorias de Ponce, Vecindarios eccéntricos

Edgardo Rodríguez Juliá, Caribeños, El camino de Yyaloide, “1797: Pandemonium”  (inédito)

Ana Lydia Vega, Falsas crónicas del sur/Olga Nolla, El castillo de la memoria/ Mayra Montero,  El capitán de los dormidos

Ana Menéndez, Loving Che

Readings packet on Caribbean Theory, Archivology, and Historiography

LAS 370S • Civilization Of Spanish Amer

40210-40235 • Fall 2010
Meets TTH 200pm-330pm PHR 2.110
(also listed as SPN 322K )
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Survey of the social and cultural evolution of the Spanish American countries. Taught in Spanish.

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