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Key Issues and Texts: Present Pasts, Pasts Present: Reflections on Literature and History (LT 2022)

Primary texts are listed below for each seminar. You will be expected to have studied all primary texts set for each seminar,  Some additional material is available as PDFs to download from Moodle.

Some key issues relating to the module are listed below – you may wish to focus on one or more of these in a seminar paper or an essay.

  • History and its discontents
  • Encounters with alterity
  • Drift, displacement, disorientation, flight and the problem of home
  • Transculturation and intertextuality
  • Mediation, translation, communication and community
  • Transgression and the laws of genre
  • Class, competition, conflict and other economic questions
  • Gender, sexuality, race and the vicissitudes of identity
  • Narration and knowledge

Seminar 1: The chronicle (Brad Epps) 

Primary texts

  • Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca, Naufragios (1555) ebook
  • Juan José Saer, El entenado (1983) UL (1 copy & Emmanuel) available online

Seminar 2: The slave (auto)biography (Rory O'Bryen) 

Primary texts

  • Francisco Manzano, Autobiografía de un esclavo (1835/1840) ebook
  • Miguel Barnet, Biografía de un cimarrón (1966)  many copies including CLAS

Seminar 3: The national romance (Rory O'Bryen) 

Primary texts

  • Candelario Obeso, Cantos populares de mi tierra (1877)
  • Adelaida Fernández Ochoa, Afuera crece un mundo (2018)

Seminar 4: The indigenista narrative (Brad Epps)

Primary texts

  • Clorinda Matto de Turner, Aves sin nido (1889) ebook
  • Elizabeth Burgos-Debray, Me llamo Rigoberta Menchú y así me nació la conciencia (1983) many copies available CLAS (2)
  • select poems from David Aniñir, Mapurbe (1971)

Seminar 5: The piquaresque (Brad Epps)

Primary texts

  • José Joaquín Fernández de Lizardi, Don Catrín de la Fachenda (1832) 3 copies & online google scholar
  • Luis Zapata, El vampiro de la colonia Roma (1979) 7 copies or kindle

Seminar 6: War and the epic (Rory O'Bryen) 

Primary texts

  • Mariano Azuela (1915), Los de abajo libraries & online
  • Rodolfo Enrique Fogwill, Los pichiciegos (1983) online