Senior Seminar: 4 Boom Novels
By the time the phenomenon known as "nueva novela" coalesced into the so-called "Latin American literary Boom," the vibrant political experiments of the 1960s and early 1970s were either cut short or losing steam. Four greats emerged (García Márquez, Vargas Llosa, Fuentes, and Cortázar), leaving behind a trail of competing historiographies that sought to account for the explosive reinvigoration of the novel form that took in place in those years in the Spanish language. In this course we will read four representative novels with great care, paying equal attention to the ideological context as to the intrinsic literary features at play. We will hone in on the craft of interpretation while examining different takes on boom fiction. Topics will include: the role of peninsular brokerage, particularly of Seix Barral; the less canonized works from women, Brazilian authors; the "Padilla Affair" revisited; macondismo; novela total, and others. Secondary sources from Carpentier and Donoso through Shaw and Faris, to Levinson and beyond. In Spanish.