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An Argentinian writer in exile: Julio Cortazar

November 10, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - December 1, 2020 @ 4:00 pm

This short course will introduce you to the work of the Argentinian writer JULIO CORTAZAR, a towering presence admired the world over .

This course is part one in a new series of online lectures by Prof Maria Chester which will introduce you to the literature of Latin America.

Magic-Realism is one genre that is often associated with Latin American Literature, but in the work of Julio Cortazar we are also confronted with a complex mixture of autobiographical references wrapped in horror, prophecy and hope. His short stories are unsettling and leave the reader with an open end. The first hour will introduce Julio Cortazar: his life, his ideas and his work. Although he spent most of his life in Paris ( due to political reasons) he never wrote in French but kept writing in Spanish. Not only did he produce novels and short stories but he also composed poetry and translated into Spanish other authors such as Edgar Allan Poe. Cortazar first published in “Los anales de Buenos Aires“, a literary magazine edited by Jorge Luis Borges who was deeply admired by him.

In the second lecture you will be given some guidelines on literary analysis by Maria, before beginning an introduction to a number of Cortazar’s short stories. Some of the titles considered for this course are: HOUSE TAKEN OVER (1944); BLOW UP (1959); THE NIGHT FACE UP (1959) and THE CONTINUITY OF THE PARKS (1964). You will be given access to pdfs of these stories when you sign up to the course so you can read them in advance if you wish.

There will be four lectures: each lecture will allow 10 minutes for questions, but for those who want further, open ended discussions about the author and his work, and for those who just want to listen to the discussion, Maria will be hosting a fifth session at the end of the four taught sessions. This will also be an opportunity to help set an agenda for further courses on Latin American literature.

Lectures will be delivered via Zoom. If you haven’t used Zoom before, please go to www.zoom.us and look at the tutorials. Once you have booked, you will receive a confirmatory email from Eventbrite, including a link to the Zoom invitation. If you can’t find the invitation, please email berwickea@gmail.com.

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November 10, 2020 @ 4:00 pm
December 1, 2020 @ 4:00 pm
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