The Latin American Short Story

Wednesday, January 28, 2015 - 2:00am to 5:00am
Helen S. Schaefer Building Dorothy Rubel Room  1508 E. Helen Street Tucson, AZ 85721

This is the first meeting of a multi-session 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

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.

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.

More information including course fees and how to register can be found online at