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Course Name Latin American Writing
Course Code 18ELL534
Program 5 Year Integrated B.A. – M.A. (English Language & Literature)
Year Taught 2019
Degree Integrated Degree
School School of Arts and Sciences
Campus Kochi


Course Outline

Unit 1


Introducing Latin American literature-literature of colonial resistance and postcolonial experience-Theoretical perspectives.

Unit 2


Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Love in the Time of Cholera. (Colombia) [Non-detailed].

Unit 3

Poetry [All Detailed]

Pablo Neruda :‘Tonight I Can Write The Saddest Lines’ (Chile).
Octavio Paz :‘Wind, Water,Stone’ (Mexico).

Unit 4

Short Story [All Non-detailed]

Jorge Luis Borges: ‘The Aleph’ (Argentina).
Jorge Amado: “The Miracle of the Birds” (Brazil).
Carlo Feuntes: “The Doll Queen” (Mexico).
Julio Cortazar: “The Uncanny Sense” (ArgentineFrench).

Unit 5

Autobiography [Non-detailed]

Reinaldo Arenas: Before Night Falls: A Memoir(Cuba).


To familiarise the students with the various cultural backgrounds and richness of Latin American literatures; to sensitise students to the colonial and postcolonial contexts of Latin American writing.

Core Reading

  1. The Lottery in Babylon’ – Jorge Luis Borges in Yates, A Donald. & James E. Irby. Eds. Labyrinths, Selected Stories & Other Writings. Canada: McClelland and Stewart, Ltd, 1964.
  3. Arenas, Reinaldo. Before Night Falls. Penguin USA,1994.
  4. Feuntes, Carlos, Julio Ortega. Eds. The Vintage Book of Latin American Stories. Vintage, 2000.
  5. Marquez, Gabriel Garcia. Love in the Time of Cholera. Delhi: Penguin India, 2007.


  1. Sara Castro-Klaren. A Companion to Latin American Literature and Culture. London: WileyBlackwell, 2013.
  2. Online Sources

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