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The Latin American Novel


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On this short course. The Latin American Novel, you will be introduced to a wide variety of modern Latin American literature. We begin with key writers such as Borges and Carpentier - usually considered to be at the origins of Latin American modernism and so-called 'magical realism'. Then we move on to contemporary writers like Piglia, Saer and Eltit, and 'Latino' writers such as Junot Diaz.

Central to the course is our discussion of novelists associated with what became known as the 'boom' in Latin American literature that emerged during the 1960s and 1970s, particularly with Garcia Marquez, Fuentes, Vargas Llosa and Puig.

You will engage critically and theoretically with such issues as the idea of 'peripheral world literature', the relation between the novel and other media (from oral traditions to the internet via cinema and comics), as well as interrogating such widely disseminated notions as 'magical realism', 'hybridity' and 'transculturation'.

Assessment for this short course is via two essays and a final examination.

30 credits at level 5

  • Entry requirements

    Entry requirements

    Most of our short courses have no formal entry requirements and are open to all students.

    This short course has no prerequisites.

    As part of the enrolment process, you may be required to submit a copy of a suitable form of ID.

    International students who wish to come to the UK to study a short course can apply for a Visitor visa. Please note that it is not possible to obtain a Student visa to study a short course.

  • How to apply

    How to apply

    You register directly onto the classes you would like to take. Classes are filled on a first-come, first-served basis - so apply early. If you wish to take more than one short course, you can select each one separately and then register onto them together via our online application portal. There is usually no formal selection process, although some modules may have prerequisites and/or other requirements, which will be specified where relevant.