SPAN 9980 Fictions of the Present: After the Boom (Fall: 3 )
Whether praised by its supporters as a moment that placed Latin American literature on the international map or condemned by its detractors as a commercial success, the Boom was a complex cultural phenomenon that sought to break from tradition and experiment with new narrative techniques. Starting in the 1970's, and gaining notoriety in the following decade, writers appear to reject the Boom´s emphasis on cosmopolitanism, aesthetic experimentation, and a questioning of conventional reality. While a Post-Boom period is nonetheless far from a unified movement, some common traits that stand out are an interest in simpler narrative, a conscious return to referentiality and the emergence of voices largely absent until then. This course will begin with a reconsideration of the Boom and its legacies, and from there study some of the most representative voices that appeared in the last decades. Authors include Vargas Llosa, Garcia Marquez, Manuel Puig, Alberto Fuguet, and Roberto Bolano.
Instructor(s): Cinthya Torres
Last Updated: 30-Mar-16