SPANISH 475 - Latin-American Narrative
Section: 101 Julio Cortazar's Rayuela
Term: SP 2008
Subject: Spanish (SPANISH)
Department: LSA Romance Languages & Literatures
Course Note:
A student who misses either of the first two meetings of any course offered by the Department of Romance Languages may be dropped from the course for non-attendance.

This course counts toward the literature requirement.
Waitlist Capacity:
With permission of department.
Enforced Prerequisites:
Three courses in SPANISH 300 or above (excluding 308); or two RCLANG 324 courses and two courses in SPANISH 300 or above (excluding 308).
Other Course Info:
Taught in Spanish.
May be elected twice for credit. May be elected more than once in the same term.
Primary Instructor:

The 1963 novel Rayuela (Hopscotch, in English), by the late Argentine author Julio Cortázar, is one of the major novels of the so-called Boom of Latin American fiction and of twentieth century world literature. Its innovative structure (you can read the text in more than one order) has led some to refer to it as the first hypertext novel. But beyond the novelty of its experimental "hopscotch" structure, Cortázar's famous novel weaves together a number of themes of great relevance to students of Latin American literature and to readers in general: the relationship between Latin America and Europe, the attempt to give meaning to one's life (and the role of philosophy, literature, art, music, religion, play, love, sex, and politics in that attempt), the problem of how to create more freedom within a given set of circumstances. In this course, we will slowly and carefully make our way through this dense but rewarding text, focusing particularly on the many ways through Cortázar sets up and explores the tension between individual freedom and ethical relationships with others. Because of the experimental nature of the novel and its explicit invitation to the reader to collaborate in this experiment, I would like class participants to collaborate with me in inventing experimental ways to approach both the text and the structure of a university course. Reading and discussion in Spanish. Other requirements and methods of evaluation to be determined collectively according to the materials and the needs of the participants.

SPANISH 475 - Latin-American Narrative
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101 (REC)
2Spanish (Maj or Min)
TuTh 9:00AM - 12:00PM
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