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).




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SPAN 6618 - 21C SA Narrative: Short Novel      

Twenty-First Century Spanish American Narrative: The Short Novel

This course explores the renewed interest in the genre of the short novel displayed by many of the major authors of early 21st-Century Spanish American narrative. We will discuss the various definitions and debates about the short novel genre, as well as the common artistic traits and concerns shared by the most recent Spanish American fiction writers. Authors to be read include César Aira, Mario Bellatin, Roberto Bolaño, Carmen Boullosa, Diamela Eltit, Santiago Gamboa, Rita Indiana Hernández, Yuri Herrera, and Valeria Luiselli. (1 unit)

Required texts:
-César Aira, Cómo me hice monja (Literatura Random House, 2013) (ISBN: 9788439702238)
-Mario Bellatin, Salón de belleza (Editorial Tusquets, 2001) (ISBN: 9788483101421)
-Carmen Boullosa, Rita Indiana Hernandez, La estrategia de Chochueca (Editorial Isla Negra, 2003) (ISBN: 978-1932271171)
-Yuri Herrera, Trabajos del reino (Editorial Periférica, 2011) ( ISBN: 978-8492865055)
-Valeria Luiselli, Los ingrávidos (Editorial Sexto Piso, 2012) (ISBN: 978-8496867895). Literature

Summer 2016 Language Schools, LS 6 Week Session

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SPAN 6624 - Contemp Hispanic Caribbean Lit      

Contemporary Hispanic Caribbean Literature

This course offers an introduction to literary works by some of the major authors of the last fifty years in Cuba, the Dominican Republic, and Puerto Rico, exploring their similarities and differences, and encompassing texts in both poetry and prose by authors such as: Cuba: Nicolás Guillén, Alejo Carpentier, Guillermo Cabrera Infante, José Lezama Lima, Virgilio Piñera, Antonio José Ponte, Zoé Valdés, and Ena Lucía Portela; Dominican Republic: Juan Bosch, Pedro Mir, José Alcántara Almánzar, Aurora Arias, Rita Indiana Hernández; Puerto Rico: Luis Palés Matos, Julia de Burgos, René Marqués, Luis Rafael Sánchez, Ana Lydia Vega, Mayra Santos-Febres, Francisco Font Acevedo, Luis Negrón. (1 unit) Literature

Summer 2016 Language Schools, LS 6 Week Session

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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 2017 Language Schools, LS 6 Week Session

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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, LS 3 Week Session II

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SPAN 6668 - Narrative&Journalism SP Amer.      

Contemporary Narrative and Journalism in Spanish America

A study of the mutual influences and exchanges between journalism and narrative fiction in Spanish America during the late 20th- and early 21st-centuries. The course will discuss the evolution of the genre of the crónicas from modernismo until the present, and will analyze how and why literary and journalistic styles, techniques, and contents are combined in contemporary Spanish American narrative fiction and crónicas by authors such as Roberto Bolaño, Martín Caparrós, Gabriel García Márquez, Pedro Lemebel, Tomás Eloy Martínez, Carlos Monsiváis, Elena Poniatowska, Patricio Pron, Edgardo Rodríguez Juliá, and Rodolfo Walsh, among others. (1 unit)

Required text: Patricio Pron, El espíritu de mis padres sigue subiendo en la lluvia, (Vintage Español, 2013) (ISBN: 978-0345804129) (or most recent available edition). Literature

Summer 2017 Language Schools, LS 6 Week Session

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SPAN 6679 - Modern Span Amer Short Story      

Ethics and Politics in the Modern Spanish American Short Story

Based on recent trends in the study of ethics and literature, this course examines how Spanish American short story writers of the 20th- and 21st-centuries have used this genre to reflect on the relations among ethics, politics, and literature. Questions to be considered include: Violence and writing; truth and lies in narrative fiction; authors who warn about the perils of fiction; the possible complicity between literature and evil. The short story--traditionally a moralizing and didactic genre--seems particularly appropriate to explore these questions, and the Spanish American short story even more so, since the "violence of the letter" (in Jacques Derrida's phrase) has made itself felt consistently in the region from the days of the Conquest until today. Authors to be read include: Manuel Gutiérrez Nájera, Leopoldo Lugones, Horacio Quiroga, Jorge Luis Borges, Juan Rulfo, Alejo Carpentier, Rosario Castellanos, Julio Cortázar, Augusto Monterroso, Gabriel García Márquez, Isabel Allende, Cristina Peri Rossi, Mayra Santos Febres and Roberto Bolaño. (1 unit) Literature

Summer 2015 Language Schools, LS 6 Week Session

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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, LS 3 Week Session II

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SPAN 6773 - Philology Journalism & Lit      

Modernismo: Philology, Journalism & Literature

A comprehensive study of the first autonomous Spanish American literary movement and its foundational role in modern Spanish American literature. Modernismo’s cosmopolitanism and its relation to the discourses of philology, journalism, and literature are examined through readings of modernista poetry, novels, short stories, essays, and crónicas. Authors to be discussed include Delmira Agustini, Rubén Darío, Manuel Díaz Rodríguez, Julián del Casal, Enrique Gómez Carrillo, Manuel Gutiérrez Nájera, Julio Herrera y Reissig, Enrique Larreta, Leopoldo Lugones, José Martí, José Enrique Rodó, José Asunción Silva, and José María Vargas Vila. (1 unit)

Required texts: José Martí, Lucía Jerez (Madrid: Cátedra, 1994) (ISBN: 978-8437612508); José Enrique Rodó, Ariel. Liberalismo y jacobinismo (Mexico: Porrúa, 1997, (ISBN-13: 9789700755410). Literature

Summer 2015 Language Schools, LS 6 Week Session

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