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Seminars Archive: Latin American Literary Culture

Seminars delivered in previous years along with bibliographies for each.

Contemporary Brazilian Urban Fiction (MC)

Primary Text

Luis Ruffato, There were Many Horses (Amazon Crossing 2014)

Key issues:

  • São Paulo Modernism to São Paulo Postmodernism
  • Figuring the Dystopian City
  • Alienation and Isolation
  • Citizenship and Brazil’s Urban Space
  • Social Injustic​e

Bibliography

Modernismo (SB) 

Primary texts

  • Rubén Darío,  Prosas profanasCantos de vida y esperanza
  • José Asunción Silva, De sobremesa (The Archivos edition, edited by Héctor Orjuela, contains much good critical material.)

This session focuses on three important texts in one of the founding movements of Spanish American literature, modernismo: Rubén Darío’s collections of poetry Prosas profanas (1896, 1901) and Cantos de vida y esperanza (1905) and the novel  De sobremesa by the Colombian José Asunción Silva.  A very useful overview of the range of modernista poetry can be had in Gordon Brotherston’s anthology.  The divergent approaches of Octavio Paz and Ángel Rama make an interesting comparison.  There are excellent concise introductions to modernista poetry and prose in the Cambridge History of Latin American Literature, and longer well known accounts by Ricardo Gulllón, Max Henríquez Ureña and Iván Schulman.

Bibliography

Historical Fiction under Postmodernity (JP) 

Primary texts

  • Ricardo Piglia, Respiración artificial
  • Tomás Eloy Martínez, Santa Evita

Key issues

  • the narrativity of history
  • undermining (textual/political) authority
  • postcolonial histories
  • the ethics of art and the role of the intellectual in the post-dictatorship era
  • performance and simulation

Bibliography

César Aira (SB) 

Primary texts

  • Ema, la cautiva
  • Cómo me hice monja
  • El llanto

Key issues

  • Antifoundationalism – Restaging the Romantics
  • From Romantic to Postmodern Sublime
  • Aesthetic of Imperfectionism
  • Narratives of Deterritorialization

Bibliography

Narrativa de la tierra and Cultural Geography (ES) 

Bibliography

Antigone's Claim (GK) 

Primary texts

  • Diamela Eltit, Vaca sagrada (1991)
  • Luisa Valenzuela, Como en la guerra (1977)

Bibliography (now available)

The Violence of Modernity in Brazil. Writing and the Canudos Campaign (MC) 

Primary texts

 

Euclides da Cunha, Backlands. The Canudos Campaign

Key issues

  • Modernity and its Out of Placed-ness
  • The Violence of Nation Building in 19th Century Brazil
  • Positivism
  • Science and Literature
  • The Role of the Man of Letters
  • Race and Nationhood

Bibliography

'Corpos virtuais' in Brazilian Literary Culture (EK)

Primary texts

  • Stella Manhattan (Silviano Santiago, 1985); 
  • Lorde (João Gilberto Noll, 2004)

Key issues

  • Corpos virtuais vs. corpos despotenzializados 
  • National bodies and postnational bodies 
  • The body as site of resistance 
  • Visibility vs. invisibility 
  • Emotion vs. affect

Bibliography

Modernism and Cannibalism in Brazil (MC)

Primary texts

  • Oswald de Andrade, ‘Cannibalist Manifesto’
  • Mário de Andrade, Macunaíma

Key issues 

  • Modernism and modernity in a peripheral context
  • Decolonizing Brazilian literature
  • Cannibalism
  • Tradition and Modernity

Bibliography

Roberto Bolaño (RO)

Primary texts

Two or more of:

  • Estrella distante
  • Nocturno de Chile
  • Amuleto
  • 2666

Key issues

  • competing genealogies of the Post-Boom
  • re-writings of Borges
  • modern and postmodern grand narratives: emancipation and the sublime
  • the ‘ethical’ turn in contemporary literature thought
  • complicity of literature and evil
  • melancholy and neoliberalism
  • post-politics

Bibliography

Central American Literature after Testimonio (RO) 

Primary texts

  • Rodrigo Rey Rosa (Guatemala): Lo que soñó Sebastián (1995), Que me maten si… (1997)
  • Horacio Castellanos Moya (El Salvador): Insensatez (2004), El arma en el hombre (2001)

Key issues

  • Testimonio and its legacies
  • Unfinished memory/truth and reconciliation
  • Crime/social breakdown
  • Paranoia/foreclosure
  • War and capital

Bibliography

Spectres of Violencia: Testimony in Colombia (RO)

Primary texts

  • Laura Restrepo, La multitud errante (2001)
  • Fernando Vallejo, La virgen de los sicarios (1994)

Key issues

  • intersections between (post-)modernity, displacement and violence
  • recent development of theoretical debates surrounding testimonio (mediation, challenge to the ‘lettered city’,  intellectual decolonization, subaltern knowledges)
  • historiographical v. 'hauntological' forms of exegesis
  • the ethics of memory and mourning 
  • politics and genre

Bibliography

New Readings of Borges

  • Balderston, Daniel. ‘Historical Situations in Borges’, in MLN, vol. 105 no. 2 (Hispanic Issue; March 1990), 331-50*
  • King, John. ‘Jorge Luis Borges: A View from the Periphery’ in King, ed., Modern Latin American Fiction: A Survey (London and Boston: Faber & Faber, 1987)*
  • González, José Eduardo. Borges and the Politics of Form (New York and London: Garland, 1998), especially pp. 11-56*
  • Molloy, Sylvia. Signs of Borges (Durham and London: Durham University Press, 1994)
  • Pauls, Alan. El factor Borges (Barcelona: Anagrama, 2000), especially pp. 25-43*
  • Piglia, Ricardo. ‘Sobre Borges’ in Piglia, Crítica y ficción (Buenos Aires: Planeta, 2000), pp. 81-94*
  • Sarlo, Beatriz. Borges, un escritor en las orillas (Buenos Aires: Seix Barral, 2003), especially pp. 7-17*, 157-81*
  • Sturrock, John. Paper Tigers: The Ideal Fictions of Jorge Luis Borges (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1977)

Postcolonial Narratives

  • Bell, Michael. Gabriel García Márquez: Solitude and Solidarity (Basingstoke: Macmillan, 1993)
  • Labanyi, Jo. ‘Language and Power in The Autumn of the Patriarch’ in Bernard McGuirk and Richard Cardwell, eds, Gabriel García Márquez: New Readings (Cambridge: CUP, 1987), pp. 135-49*
  • Martin, Gerald. ‘On “Magical” and Social Realism in García Márquez’ in Robin Fiddian, ed., García Márquez (London and New York: Longman, 1995), pp. 95-116*
  • McGuirk, B. and Cardwell, R., eds. Gabriel García Márquez: New Readings (1987), Cambridge: CUP
  • Menton, Seymour. Latin America’s New Historical Novel (Austin: University of Texas Press, 1993)
  • Ortega, Julio. ‘The Autumn of the Patriarch: Text and Culture’ in Robin Fiddian, ed., García Márquez (London and New York: Longman, 1995), pp. 121-43*
  • Parkinson Zamora, Lois. ‘The Myth of Apocalypse and Human Temporality in García Márquez’s One Hundred Years of Solitude and The Autumn of the Patriarch’ in Robin Fiddian, ed., García Márquez (London and New York: Longman, 1995), pp. 63-78*
  • Reati, Fernando. ‘Posse, Saer, Di Benedetto y Brailovksy: deseo y paraíso en la novela argentina sobre la Conquista’ in Revista de estudios hispánicos, vol. 29 no. 1 (1995), 121-36
  • Roderick, Jason. ‘Conventional History Going to the Dogs: Abel Posse’s The Dogs of Paradise and Historiographic Metafiction’ in Ariel, vol. 9 no. 2 (1994), 5-24
  • Sklodowska, Elzbieta. ‘El (re)descubrimiento de América: la parodia en la novela histórica’ in Romance Quarterly, vol. 37 no. 3 (1990), 345-52
  • Williams, Raymond L. Gabriel García Márquez (Boston: Twayne, 1984) [contains a section on El otoño del patriarca*]

Mexican Women's Poetry

Theoretical

  • Braidotti, Rosi. "The Politics of Ontological Difference" in Teresa Brennan, ed., Between Feminism & Psychoanalysis (Routledge, 1989).

Secondary

  • Castellanos, Rosario. "Once Again Sor Juana", in Ahern, ed., A Rosario Castellanos Reader.

Popular Culture/Globalization and Cultural Hybridity

  • Beverley, J. 1999. Subalternity and Representation, London: Duke University Press.
  • Colás, S. 1994. Postmodernity in Latin America. The Argentine Paradigm, London: Duke University Press.
  • Fuguet, A. 2003. ‘Presentación McOndo’, Fuguet.com [Internet]. Available from: http://www.marcosymarcos.com/macondo.htm .
  • García Canclini, N. 1995a. Culturas híbridas, Argentina: Editorial Sudamericana.
  • ————. 1995b. Consumidores y ciudadanos, Mexico: Editorial Grijalbo.
  • ————. 1999. La globalización imaginada, Mexico: Paidós.
  • Habermas, J. 1984. ‘Modernity: an Incomplete Project’, in: H. Foster (ed.). The Anti-Aesthetic, Washington: Bay Press.
  • Harvey, D. 1990. The Condition of Postmodernity, Oxford: Blackwell.
  • Hassan, I. 1993. ‘Toward a Concept of Postmodernism’, in: J. Natoli & L. Hutcheon. A Postmodern Reader, New York: State University of New York Press.
  • Hutcheon, L. 1989. The Politics of Postmodernism, London: Routledge.
  • Jameson, F. ‘Postmodernism, or The Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism’, in: M. Hardt & K. Weeks. The Jameson Reader, Oxford: Blackwell, 188-232.
  • ————. 1992. Signatures of the Visible, London: Routledge.
  • Lyotard, F. 1984. The Postmodern Condition, Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.
  • Martín-Barbero, J. 1987. De los medios a las mediaciones: Comunicación, cultura y hegemonía, Barcelona: Editorial Gustavo Gili.
  • ————. 2001. Al sur de la modernidad, University of Pittsburgh: Serie Nuevo Siglo.
  • Ortiz, R. 2001. ‘De la modernidad incompleta a la modernidad-mundo’, Etcétera: política y cultura en línea [Internet]. Available from: http://www.etcetera.com.mx/2000/381/ensayos.html .
  • Richard, N. 1994. ‘Latinoamérica y la postmodernidad’, in: H. Herlinghaus & M. Walter (eds). Postmodernidad en la periferia, Berlin: Langer Verlag.
  • Rowe, W. & V. Schelling. 1991. Memory and Modernity: Popular Culture in Latin America, London: Verso.
  • Sarlo, B. 1994. Escenas de la vida posmoderna, Buenos Aires: Espasa Calpe Argentina.
  • ———— 2002. ‘Cultural Studies: Reworking the Nation, Revisiting Identity’, Journal of Latin American Cultural Studies, 11:3: 333-342.
  • Schelling, V. 2000. Through the Kaleidoscope, London: Verso.
  • Williams, R. L. 1995. The Postmodern Novel in Latin America, New York: St Martin’s Press.

For an overview of theories of modernity and postmodernity, see GK's seminar paper on the subject (for an old MPhil module) -- includes more extensive theoretical bibliography.

Rewriting History

  • Baudrillard, Jean. Simulacra and Simulation, trans. Sheila Faria Glaser (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1994), pp. 1-51*
  • Cittadini, Fernando. ‘Historia y ficción en Respiración artificial’ in Roland Spiller, ed., La novela argentina de los años 80 (Frankfurt: Vervuert, 1991), pp. 37-46
  • Colás, Santiago. Postmodernity in Latin America: The Argentine Paradigm (Durham and London: Duke University Press, 1994) [contains a section on Respiración artificial]
  • Cortés Rocca, Paola and Martín Kohan. Imágenes de vida, relatos de muerte: Eva Perón, cuerpo y política (Buenos Aires: Beatriz Viterbo, 1998)
  • Davies, Lloyd Hughes. ‘Portraits of a Lady: Postmodern Readings of Tomás Eloy Martinez’s Santa Evita’ in Modern Language Review, vol. 95 no. 2 (April 2000), 415-23*
  • Echavarren, Roberto. ‘La literariedad: Respiración artificial, de Ricardo Piglia’ in Revista iberoamericana, vol. 49 no. 125 (1983), 997-1008
  • Ferro, Roberto. El lector apócrifo (Buenos Aires: Ediciones De la Flor, 1998) [contains a short chapter on Santa Evita*]
  • Gnutzmann, Rita. ‘Historia y metaficción en Respiración artificial de Ricardo Piglia’ in Revista interamericana de bibliografía, vol. 40 no. 4 (1990), 351-60
  • Hutcheon, Linda. A Poetics of Postmodernism: History, Theory, Fiction (London and New York: Routledge, 1988)
  • ———. The Politics of Postmodernism (London and New York: Routledge, 1989)
  • Menton, Seymour. Latin America’s New Historical Novel (Austin: University of Texas Press, 1993) [contains a section on Respiración artificial]
  • Morello-Frosch, Marta. ‘Significación e historia en: Respiración artificial de Ricardo Piglia’ in Hernán Vidal, ed., Fascismo y experiencia literaria: reflexiones para una recanonización (Minneapolis: Institute for the Study of Ideologies and Literature, 1985), pp. 489-500
  • Page, Joanna. ‘Ricardo Piglia: towards a re-socialized literature’, in Journal of Iberian and Latin American Studies, vol. 10 no. 2 (December 2004), 169-89*
  • Williams, Raymond Leslie. The Postmodern Novel in Latin America: Politics, Culture, and the Crisis of Truth (New York: St Martin’s Press, 1995)

Mexican Women's Writing: Testimony and Subjectivity

Writing under the Sign of the Father

  • Cristina Peri Rossi, ‘Literatura y mujer’, Eco [Bogotá] 237 (marzo de 1983):  498-506.
  • Luisa Valenzuela, ‘The Other Face of the Phallus’.  In Chevigny and Laguardia, eds., Reinventing the Americas.  Cambridge:  Cambridge University Press, 1986. 242-48.
  • Carole-Anne Tyler, ‘Boys will be Girls:  the Politics of Gay Drag’.  In Fuss, ed., Inside/Out:  Lesbian Theories, Gay Theories.  London:  Routledge, 1991.  32-70.

Brevity Unbound: Tradition and Modernity in the Short Story

From Brad Epps' seminar on Queer Alternative Sexualities

 

On Luis Zapata and El vampiro de la Colonia Roma

  • Aguilar-Resillas, Enrique. (1979). “La verdadera historia del vampiro de la Colonia Roma”, in: La Semana de Bellas Artes, 91.  pp. 10-11.
  • Covarrubias, Alicia (1994). “El vampiro de la Colonia Roma, de Luis Zapata: La nueva picaresca y el reportaje ficticio”, in: Revista de Crítica Literaria Latinoamericana, 20.39. pp. 183-197.
  • Gutiérrez, León Guillermo (2009).  “El vampiro de la Colonia Roma. Función del espacio y el cuerpo en el discurso homoerótico”, in: Revista de Humanidades: Tecnológico de Monterrey, 27-28. Pp. 235-247.
  • Herrero-Olaizola, Alejandro (2000). “Homosexuales en escena: Identidad y performance en la narrativa de Luis Zapata” in: Antípodas, 11-12.  pp. 249-261.
  • Ladrón de Guevara, Bertha (2011). "Identidad y discurso contranormativos en El vampiro de la Colonia Roma de Luis Zapata”, in: Amerika, 4.  
  • Lewis, Paul Vek (2003). “La noche delincuente: La representación del prostituto en El vampiro de la Colonia Roma, Las púberes canéforas y La virgen de los sicarios”, in: Journal of Iberian and Latin American Research, 9.1.  pp.73-
  • López, Oscar (1999). “El vampiro de la Colonia Roma: O del travestismo posmoderno”, in: Revista de Literatura Mexicana Contemporánea 4.10. pp.72-78.
  • Medina, Alberto (2008). “De nómadas y ambulantes: El vampiro de la Colonia Roma o la utopía suplantada”, in: Revista Canadiense de Estudios Hispánicos, 32.3.  pp.507-521.
  • Palma Castro, Alejandro (2008).  “Espacios en El vampiro de la Colonia Roma: Hacia una estética camp”, in: Revista de Literatura Mexicana Contemporánea, 14.36. pp.23-29.
  • Peña Steel, Estefanía (2015).  “El migrante homoerótico en El vampiro de la Colonia Roma de Luis Zapata”, in: Letras, 86.123.  pp.159-172.
  • Ruiz, Bladimir (1999).  “Prostitución y homosexualidad: interpelaciones desde el margen en El vampiro de la Colonia Roma de Luis Zapata”, in: Revista Iberoamericana, 65.187. pp.327-339.
  • Ruiz, Eduardo (2011).  “El reverso del ‘milagro mexicano’: La crítica de la nación en Las batallas en el desierto El vampiro de la Colonia Roma”, in: Ciberletras, 26.
  • Salmerón Tellechea, Cecilia (2004).  “La generación Beat como correlato de El vampiro de la Colonia Roma”, in: Revista de Literatura Mexicana Contemporánea, 10.24.  pp.73-84.
  • Schulenberg, Chris (2010).  “El vampiro de la Colonia Roma: Mexico City’s Maps and Gaps”, in: Chasqui 38.2. pp.85-98.
  • Torres-Rosado, Santos (1991). “Canon and Innovation in Adonis García: A Picaresque Novel”, in: Monographic Review/Revista Monográfica, 7. pp. 276-283.
  • Wind, Ariel (2014).  “Mexico City and Its Monsters: Queer Idnetity and Cultural Capitalism in Luis Zapata’s El vampiro de la colonia Roma” in: Revista Canadiense de Estudios Hispánicos, 38.3.  pp. 579-604.
  • Westmoreland, Maurice (1995). “Camp in the Works of Luis Zapata”, in: Modern Language Studies, 25.2. pp. 45-59.
  • Zapata, Luis (1979). Las aventuras, desventuras y sueños de Adonis García, el vampiro de la Colonia Roma. Mexico: Grijalbo.
  • Zapata, Luis (1993). En jirones. Mexico: Lecturas Mexicanas/Consejo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes.