Contents are organized according to different cross-cutting topics that will vary by semester: the history of literary movements, the ideological construction of space, the relationship between literature and politics, the role of women in culture, the building of Latin American identity, gender issues, realism and the different approaches to reality, the relationship between Latin America and other regions of the world, the fantastic in Latin American literature, etc.
In the case of the topic defined by the relationship between literature and politics, the contents will be as follows:
"Literature and Politics"
Readings of this topic seek, first, to make the student think about the ways in which politics enters into Latin American literature: as a subject for fiction, as discursive material, as organizer for the intellectual position of the writer, as mediation with reality, etc. At the same time, the topic intend to analyze the intervention of literature and writers in formal and informal politics throughout the twentieth century.
1. Latin America's Place in the Commodity Chain: The struggle for land. Texts by Horacio Quiroga.
2. Race, culture and economy in the Caribbean. Texts by Nicolás Guillen.
3. Mexico: The aftermath of the Revolution. Texts by Juan Rulfo.
4. Peronism I: The staging. Texts by Juan Carlos Onetti and Jorge Luis Borges.
5. Peronism II: The position of the intellectual. Texts by Julio Cortázar.
6. Dictatorships in the Southern Cone: The right wing reacts. Texts by Néstor Perlongher and Roberto Bolaño.
7. Borderlands: Politics, migration and gender at the border. Texts by Gloria Anzaldua.
8. Latin America in the XXI Century: The long night of neoliberalism. Texts by Diamle Eltit.
* Contents, authors and the selection of texts can be modified depending on the topic. Mandatory readings will be included in a dossier published by the professor and available in the university copy center.