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Advanced Book Seminar - "El llano en llamas"

Course Description: In this advanced immersion literature course, students will read and discuss Mexican author Juan Rulfo’s acclaimed short-story collection “El llano en llamas” (1953). Esteemed as one of the finest writers in the Spanish language, Rulfo achieved legendary status in the world of literature for publishing just this book and his short novel “Pedro Páramo”. Examining rural life in the wake of the Mexican Revolution (1910-1920) and subsequent counter-uprising in the Cristero War (1926-1929), the stories compiled in El llano en llamas explore the tragic violence, poverty, and moral crises suffered in the era. Taking place in the harsh countryside of the state of Jalisco, where Rulfo grew up, he masterfully delves into the psyche of a range of characters, crafting impactful stories that are true classics of Mexican literature.

Designed for students with advanced reading and speaking ability, this course will give you the opportunity to continue polishing your comprehension and conversation skills as we read and analyze El llano en llamas. In an engaging and highly participatory seminar style, we'll enjoy group discussions exploring the language and content of the book, as well as the historical context of the story.

Read below Norberto's opinion of the book:

We love this collection of short stories because they are incomparably intense and impactful. Upon reading just a few pages, one immediately dives into a unique world that portrays rural life in post-revolutionary Mexico. Each story has its own spirit that transcends time and captivates us because it is easy to identify with the fight for one's life that the stories convey. — Norberto

Best suited for: Spanish Advanced I or equivalent

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