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LIT 55 — Gabriel García Márquez: Magical (and Political) Realism

Quarter: Summer
Day(s): Mondays
Course Format: Virtual
Duration: 6 weeks
Date(s): Jun 22—Aug 3
Time: 7:00—8:50 pm (PT)
Drop Deadline: Jul 12
Unit: 1
Tuition: $360
Instructor(s): Mary Delgado García
Status: Open
Please Note: This is a virtual course. Click here for more information about our course formats, including FAQs. These class sessions will be recorded for later viewing.
Summer
Virtual
Mondays
7:00—8:50 pm (PT)
Date(s)
Jun 22—Aug 3
6 weeks
Drop By
Jul 12
1 Unit
Fees
$360
Instructor(s):
Mary Delgado García
Open
Please Note: This is a virtual course. Click here for more information about our course formats, including FAQs. These class sessions will be recorded for later viewing.
Nobel Prize–winning Colombian author Gabriel García Márquez became the leading voice of Latin American literature in the 1960s and 1970s by foregrounding the political in his literary representations of Latin America. "Any interpretation of this [Latin American] reality in literature must be political,” he wrote. “I cannot escape my own ideology when I interpret reality in my books; it's inseparable." García Márquez was a journalist for many years, but he is perhaps best known for his popularization of magical realism, a style of writing that mixes realistic environments with fantastical elements. In this course, we will read his magnum opus, One Hundred Years of Solitude (1967), as well as Love in the Time of Cholera (1985) and Chronicle of a Death Foretold (1981). One Hundred Years of Solitude is the epic story of the Buendía family and their intimate relation to and reflection of Latin American history. Love in the Time of Cholera is often considered one of the greatest love stories ever told. Chronicle of a Death Foretold finds García Márquez returning to his roots as a journalist in this narrative account of a real historical event. We will consider how his writings construct fictional landscapes while providing incisive social and political critique through narrative that is both surreal and documentary in tone.

Mary Delgado García, Lecturer, Structured Liberal Education Program, Stanford

Mary Delgado García has taught literature courses at the Claremont Colleges and at UC Santa Barbara. She received a PhD in comparative literature from UC Santa Barbara.

Textbooks for this course:

(Required) Gabriel García Márquez, One Hundred Years of Solitude (ISBN 9780060883287)
(Required) Gabriel García Márquez, Love in the Time of Cholera (ISBN 9780307389732)
(Required) Gabriel García Márquez, Chronicle of a Death Foretold (ISBN 9781400034710)
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