Nineteenth Century Topics: The Gauchesque

CRN 29460 / Th 3:00PM - 5:55PM / 137 Cathedral of Learning
This course will look at the earliest references to the gaucho (Concolocorvo's Lazarillo de los ciegos caminantes), the important discussion of the gaucho in Sarmiento's Facundo, and later versions (Gerchunoff's Los gauchos judíos, Güiraldes's Don Segundo Sombra). The main focus will be "gauchesque poetry" ("poesía gauchesca"), a unique genre that began in Uruguay at the time of the independence wars (Bartolomé Hidalgo) through the works of Hilario Ascasubi (Santos Vega, 1851 and other works), Estanislao del Campo (Fausto, 1866), Antonio Lussich (Los tres gauchos orientales, 1872) and José Hernández (El gaucho Martín Fierro, 1872, and La vuelta de Martín Fierro, 1879). Critics to be considered include Angel Rama (Los gauchipolíticos rioplatenses), Josefina Ludmer (El género gauchesco) and Julio Schvartzman (Letras gauchas). Careful attention will be paid to formal questions (versification, creation of fictional characters, relations between author, characters and text, etc.) and to the uses of the gauchesque genre in debates about politics, the relations between high and low culture (and the country and the city), and arguments about Argentine and Uruguayan nationalism.

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Daniel Balderston

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Category B: Disciplines and Intellectual Movements

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