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A Mirage Splayed by Light: Latin American Short Stories

Course Times & Enrolment

Tuesdays from 14th April 2020 (Code LI218-301) Tuesdays from
14th April 2020 2:10pm - 4:00pm • (10 classes)
Holyrood Campus • Tutor: Anthony McKibbin BA
Sorry, this course is cancelled

Course Summary

A rich and vibrant literature covering numerous nations and more than one language, Latin American fiction is frequently innovative in form and often thought-provoking in content. Come and learn more about a vast literary continent intriguingly influenced by cinema where, according to Thomas Colchie, “the true koine of the linguistic Babel in which we one for whom film constitutes a veritable lingua franca.”

Course Details

Content of Course

1. The Dead Man, Horacio Quiroga.

2. The Dog Will Have its Day, Juan Carlos Onetti.

3. Relative Humidity, Manuel Puig.

4. Toad's Mouth, Isabel Allende.

5. It Was a Different Day When They Killed the Pig, Joao Ubaldo Ribeiro.

6. Twice with Helena, Paolo Emîlio Salles Gomes.

7. The Gift, Rosario Ferre.

8. Bestial Among the Flowers, Reinaldo Arenas.

9. Story-Bound, Ana Lydia Vega.

10. The Phantom of the Essoldo, Guillermo Cabrera Infante.

Teaching method(s)

Informal lectures and discussion.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  • Better comprehend the specific qualities of Latin American Literature;

  • Feel comfortable in group discussion;

  • Be able to express their opinions about literature in a more concrete manner.


Core Readings


  • Colchie, T. Ed. 1993. The Penguin Book of Latin American Short Stories, Harmondsworth, Middlesex.


  • Borges, J. L. 2001. The Total Library: Non-Fiction 1922-1986, London, Penguin. Paz. O. 1978. The Labyrinth of Solitude: Life and Thought in Mexico. New York: Viking Press. Galeano, E. 1997. Open Veins of Latin America: Five Centuries of the Pillage of a Continent. New York: MRP

Web Sources

Class Handouts

Essay notes written by the tutor.


If you have questions regarding the course or enrolment, please contact COL Reception at Paterson's Land by email or by phone 0131 650 4400.

Student support

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