This class reads works by some of those famous authors whose names you have heard, but whose works you might not have read:  Dostoyevsky, Machado de Assis, Zola, Puig, Calvino, Mann, Cholderlos de Laclos, Rulfo.  We will pay attention not only to the literary movements these works represent,  but also to the subtle interplay of history, geography, language and cultural norms that gave rise to these novels.
The books are compelling, and film versions of works we read give variety to the course and time to think about the interplay of film and print. Class projects will include the opportunity for students to create—using various media—their own fictional characters.