Middlebury Language Schools

Aníbal González Pérez


Aníbal González Pérez, from Puerto Rico, is Professor of Modern Latin American Literature in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at Yale University. He received his Ph.D. in Latin American Literature from Yale University (1982) and he has taught at the University of Texas at Austin, Vanderbilt University, Michigan State University, and the Pennsylvania State University. He was general editor of the Cambridge Studies in Latin American and Iberian Literature Series of Cambridge University Press from 1995 to 1997, and currently serves on the editorial boards of Comparative Literature Studies, Latin American Literary Review, Revista de Estudios Hispánicos (Washington U. in St. Louis), Revista Canadiense de Estudios Hispánicos, and Revista Iberoamericana, and on the Advisory Board of PMLA. He is the founder and general editor of the Bucknell Studies in Latin American Literature and Theory Series of Bucknell University Press. A Guggenheim Fellow (2001), he has authored the following books: La crónica modernista hispanoamericana (1983), La novela modernista hispanoamericana (1987), Journalism and the Development of Spanish American Narrative (1993), Killer Books: Violence, Writing, and Ethics in Modern Spanish American Narrative (2002; Spanish translation: Abusos y admoniciones: ética y escritura en la narrativa hispanoamericana moderna, 2002), A Companion to Spanish American Modernismo (2007), and Love and Politics in the Contemporary Spanish American Novel (2010).




Course List: 

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SPAN 6640 - Spanish American Vanguard Lit      

Spanish American Vanguard Literature: Between Art & Politics

An introduction to the Vanguardist period in Spanish American cultural history, exploring how political and social changes in early 20th-century Spanish America moved Vanguardist writers and artists away from experimentalist and elitist attitudes towards increased social and political commitment. This course examines how the varied manifestos, poems, theatre works, novels, and short stories of the Vanguardists reflected the tension between playfulness and engagement, cosmopolitanism and regionalism, creativity and conscience. Major authors to be read include: Vicente Huidobro, César Vallejo, Pablo Neruda, Jorge Luis Borges, Nicolás Guillén, Martín Adán, Jaime Torres Bodet, Nelly Campobello, Roberto Arlt, Clemente Palma, and Juan Bosch. (1 unit) Literature

Summer 2013

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SPAN 6648 - Julio Cortazar Short Stories      

Spirituality and Revolution in the Short Stories of Julio Cortazar
*Three-week course, second session*

A survey of Julio Cortázar’s extensive body of short stories, focusing on two contrasting aspects of his work: his artistic appropriation of religious and theological elements and his left-wing political engagement from 1960 until his death in 1984. In our readings of many of Cortázar’s most famous stories, from “Casa tomada” and “Axolotl” to “El perseguidor” and “Apocalipsis de Solentiname,” we will explore Cortázar’s use of theological concepts such as sacredness, eternity, and prophecy, and the convergence between his fictions and the ideas of liberation theology. (.5 unit)

Required text: Julio Cortázar, La autopista del sur y otros cuentos ed. Aurora Bernárdez. (New York: Penguin Books, 1996. ISBN: 978-0140255805). Literature

Summer 2014 Language Schools

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SPAN 6649 - Music & Narrative Hisp Caribbn      

Music & Narrative in the Hispanic Caribbean

Music, particularly popular music, is considered the oldest, most significant, and best recognized contribution of the Hispanic Caribbean to world culture. This course will study the development of the narrative genre in the Greater Antilles (Cuba, the Dominican Republic, and Puerto Rico) from its origins in the 19th-century until now, focusing on how music is presented and is incorporated in narrative discourse. In selected readings from this period we will examine how writers of the region have dealt in their works with the almost overwhelming presence of melody and rhythm in the daily life of the cultures in and about which they write. This course is for students who are interested in research, or who are considering continuing to the Ph.D. or DML level. (1 unit)

Required text: Juliá Rodríguez Edgardo, El entierro de Cortijo (Río Piedras: Ediciones Huracán, 2006. ISBN: 978-0940238213); other material in electronic form on Segue. Literature

Summer 2011

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SPAN 6727 - Humor in Contemp SA Narrative      

Humor in Contemporary Spanish American Narrative

Humor is one of the least studied aspects of the literature of Hispanic America. In the midst of revolutions, injustice, political repression, and all manner of natural and man-made disasters, the literature of Hispanic America has produced a body of work in which laughter, or at least a smile, may have multiple functions. What are some of these functions? What shape does humor take in the narrative of these countries? Is it a recent phenomenon, or does it have a tradition and a history? This course is for students who are interested in research, or who are considering continuing to the Ph.D. or DML level. (1 unit)

Required text: Alfredo Bryce Echenique, La última mudanza de Felipe Carrillo (Barcelona: Plaza y Janés ISBN: 978-8401429682). Literature

Summer 2011, Summer 2012

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SPAN 6746 - Travelers in Span Amer Fiction      

Travelers in Spanish American Fiction

This course will examine how contemporary Latin American narrative has portrayed and reflected upon Latin Americans’ experiences when displaced from their home soil, whether for economic, political, or personal reasons. We will consider narrative representations of Latin American travelers and migrants and their reactions to different societies, customs, and languages. What do these narratives tell us about how travel and residence abroad affect the Latin Americans’ sense of self, of national or cultural identity? Topics to be discussed include: distinctions among travelers, exiles, and migrants; theories of tourism; theories of migration; Latin Americans in the United States and Europe; Latin Americans in Asia and Africa. (1 unit)

Required text: Mario Vargas Llosa, Travesuras de la niña mala (Madrid: Alfaguara, 2006 ISBN-13: 978-9707704664 paperback or available edition); Antonio Skármeta, No pasó nada (Madrid: Debolsillo, 2005) (ISBN-13: 978-9875660717) (or any available edition). Literature

Summer 2012, Summer 2013

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SPAN 6771 - Indigenismo Span Amer Lit&Cult      

Indigenismo in Spanish American Literature and Culture
*Three-week course, second session*

Introduction to Indigenismo, a wide-ranging cultural movement (1930s to 1950s) upholding the rights and dignity of Spanish America’s indigenous peoples. The course explores the roots of Indigenismo in Colonial mestizo writers and 19th-century reformists, its flowering in 20th-century visual artists and narrators, and its echoes in today’s indigenous-inspired political movements and films in countries such as Bolivia, Guatemala, Mexico, and Peru. Discussion of texts by Inca Garcilaso de la Vega, Clorinda Matto de Turner, José Carlos Mariátegui, Miguel Angel Asturias, José María Arguedas, Rosario Castellanos, Rigoberta Menchú, and films by Emilio Fernández, Claudia Llosa, and Icíar Bollaín. (.5 unit)

Required text: Electronic material provided at Middlebury. Literature

Summer 2014 Language Schools

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6-week Program
Audrey LaRock, Coordinator
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7-week Program
Holly Stark, Coordinator
P: 802.443.5538