Fictions of Power: Dictators


Some of the seminal literary texts in Spanish American literature are about tyranny and tyrants. These include novels by famous “boom” authors like Gabriel Garcia Márquez, Alejo Carpentier, Mario Vargas Llosa, and Roa Bastos, and more recent works by Luisa Valenzuela, Roberto Bolaño, and Julia Alvarez, among others. Set in different areas of Latin America and in different historical moments (Chile, Argentina, the Caribbean), these literary texts offer unique insights into the operations of unlimited power, the fantasies that underwrite and sustain dictatorial rule, the role of violence, the psychology of fascism and militarism, the seductions of populist promises, and the overwhelming importance of gender and sexuality in establishing and maintaining a tyrannical regime.

Details about the texts, authors, and films covered in any particular semester may be found on the department?s Web page and in course descriptions available in the department.

Course Information



4 Points

Term Section Instructor Schedule Location

Fall 2017

Sibylle M Fischer
MW: 3:30 PM - 4:45 PM 25W4 C-18