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Jacobo Sefamí

Director of the Spanish School

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Jacobo Sefamí, from Mexico City, received his licenciatura en Lengua y Literatura Hispánicas from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, and his Ph.D. from the University of Texas, Austin. He taught at New York University, and is currently Professor of Latin American literature at the University of California, Irvine. He also directed the University of California's education abroad program in Madrid, Spain (2003-2005). Professor Sefamí is Associate Editor of Mexican Studies/Estudios Mexicanos, and contributing editor on Mexican poetry to the Handbook of Latin American Studies. He has published articles, interviews, notes, and book reviews for various literary journals in Mexico, Spain, Venezuela, Chile, and the United States. His books include: El destierro apacible y otros ensayos. Xavier Villaurrutia, Alí Chumacero, Fernando Pessoa, Francisco Cervantes, Haroldo de Campos (1987), Contemporary Spanish American Poets: A Bibliography of Primary and Secondary Sources (1992), El espejo trizado: la poesía de Gonzalo Rojas (1992), De la imaginación poética: Conversaciones con Gonzalo Rojas, Olga Orozco, Alvaro Mutis y José Kozer (1996), Medusario. Muestra de poesía latinoamericana (co-editor, 1996), La voracidad grafómana: José Kozer (editor, 2002), and Vaquitas pintadas, an anthology of texts related to the cow (2004). He has also published a novel, Los dolientes (2004). Professor Jacobo Sefamí is the Director of the Summer Spanish School.



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SPAN 6719 - Jewish Latin American Writing      

Jewish Latin American Writing

Three-week course, second session

This course is devoted to Jewish Latin American writing in the 20th-century. It will cover a variety of texts from different countries and in different genres. Basic information about Judaism will be provided; we will use as well some theoretical readings on a number of Jewish topics, including kabbalah and religion, alterity, diaspora and errancy, and anti-semitism. Some of the writers to be discussed in class are: Alberto Gerchunoff, Isaac Goldemberg, Margo Glantz, Juan Gelman, José Kozer, and Jacobo Sefamí.

Required Texts: Alberto Gerchunoff, "Los gauchos judios" (Madrid: Sefarad Editores, 2005) ISBN: 84-87765-06-8; Margo Glantz, "Obras reunidas" Vol. II (Mexico: Fondo de Cultura Economica, 2008) ISBN: 978-607-16-0026-4; Jacobo Sefami, "Los dolientes" (Mexico: Plaza y Janes, 2004); other materials will be provided in electronic form on Segue.


Summer 2010

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SPAN 6904 - Research Paper      

Summer 2013

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