Mario Vargas Llosa’s La fiesta del chivo: History, Reality, and Literature

The Mario Vargas Llosa chair at City College presents seminars for graduate and undergraduate students every Fall semester at the Department of Classical and Modern Languages.

Days and Room: Tuesday, 24 October (NAC 5/223 at CCNY); Thursday, 26 October (NAC 5/223 at CCNY); Friday, 27 October (Instituto Cervantes) Hours: 4:30-8:30 pm

Course Number: Undergraduate: SPAN 39000  Graduate: SPAN V3900

Offered through the Cátedra Mario Vargas Llosa and the Department of Classical and Modern Languages and Literature at the City College of New York, CUNY, with the cooperation of the Instituto Cervantes, this one-credit (1) seminar focuses on the historical novel La fiesta del chivo, by Mario Vargas Llosa, about the Dominican dictator Rafael Trujillo. It echoes a recurrent theme in Latin American literature as seen in major novels such as El señor presidente (Miguel Angel Asturias, 1946), Yo, el supremo (Augusto Roa Bastos, 1974), El recurso del método (Alejo Carpentier, 1974), and El otoño del patriarca (Gabriel García Márquez, 1975). La fiesta del chivo‘s multiple focalizations as well as its singular treatment of time and voices, allow for a meditation on power and its limits. This course, taught by the acclaimed Mexican writer Mónica Levin with Distinguished Professor Raquel Chang-Rodríguez, will examine novelistic form– point of view and counterpoint–as keys to the fictionalization of history, narrative persuasive power, and our understanding of the human condition.

Text: La fiesta del chivo/The Feast of the Goat (any ed. in Spanish or English) Knowledge of Spanish/Participation in Spanish or English

For graduate registration contact Prof. Angel Estévez, Director M.A. Program in Spanish

For undergraduate registration contact Deputy Chair, Prof. Bettina Lerner

For general information contact The Dept. of Classical & Modern at 212-650-6731 or Prof. Raquel Chang-Rodríguez



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