The Latin American Short Story

Humanities Seminars Course

The Latin American Short Story

Professor Charles Tatum Department of Spanish and Portuguese
Past Course
WEDNESDAYS 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Jan. 28, Feb. 4, 11, 18, 25, March 4, 11, 25, April 1, 8, 2015
Dorothy Rubel Room



The short story has held a prominent place in Latin American literature for at least 200 years, but it is only within the past few decades that it has become widely known in translation. The course will use the short story as a vehicle to introduce some of Latin America’s best-known writers, including Nobel Laureates Miguel Angel Asturias (Guatemala), Gabriel García Márquez (Colombia), and Mario Vargas Llosa (Peru), as well as Jorge.Luis Borges (Argentina) and Isabel Allende (Chile and the U.S.). The course will draw on their short stories and those of a few younger writers, including outstanding U.S. Latino and Latina writers. It will focus on the cultural, artistic, social, and political dimensions of a wide variety of this fascinating literary form.


Required Reading: 

Roberto González Echevarría, editor. The Oxford Book of Latin American Short Stories. Oxford University Press, 1997. ISBN 13 978-0-19-513085-0.

Carlos Fuentes and Julio Ortega, editors. The Vintage Book of Latin American Short Stories. Vintage, 2000. ISBN 0-679-77551-X.

Jorge Luis Borges. Labyrinths: Selected Stories and Other Writings. New Directions, 1964. ISBN-13:978-0811216999.

Roberto González Echevarría. Modern Latin American Literature: A Very Short Introduction. 2012. ISBN 978-0-19-975491-5.

Gabriel García Márquez. Collected Stories. Harper Perennial Modern Classics, 1999. ISBN 0-06-093268-6 or 978-0-06-093268-8.

Juan Rulfo. The Plain in Flames, 2012. University of Texas Press. ISBN 978-0-292743854.         

CHARLES TATUM is Emeritus Professor of Spanish at the University of Arizona. He served as Dean of the College of Humanities from 1993 to 2008. Tatum has authored or edited several books and many articles on Latin American and U.S. Latino literature and popular culture. He is the cofounding editor of the journal Studies in Latin American Popular Culture. Most recently, he edited the three-volume Encyclopedia of Latino Culture.


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