2013 Inquiry Seminars

2013 Inquiry Seminars

Myth and Reality in Latin American Literature

Eduardo Gargurevich

The publication of Colombian novelist Gabriel Garcia Marquez’ “One hundred years of solitude,” changed completely how the world viewed Latin America, so much so that for many Latin America began existing as a respectable player in the world literature arena only with this novel. However, the fact is that without the road paved by writers who preceded Garcia Marquez and without a context favorable for the reception of his novel, this success would have not been possible.

The purpose of our Inquiry Seminar is to study the Latin American cultural context prior to the publication of “One hundred years of solitude,” to closely read the novel in order to appreciate its contributions to world literature, and to explore what has come after. We will take the approach that any aesthetic product is the result of its culture, and that culture cannot be understood without considering issues of politics, economics, history, gender, race, among others. By the end of the seminar, we will have uncovered not only the myths and realities with which Garcia Marquez constructed his novel, but also all the myths and realities that have surrounded this admirable book since its publication in 1967. OC