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HIST 13184-4: 100 Years of Solitude

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Instructor: Karen Graubart

Gabriel García Márquez's masterpiece, One Hundred Years of Solitude, is generally considered one of the great novels of the twentieth century, and helped introduce Latin American fiction to the world. The novel, sometimes called a work of "magical realism," tells the multi-generational story of the Buendía family in mythical Macondo, Colombia, through the 19th and 20th centuries. Via their outrageous stories, García Márquez presents and analyzes the history of Latin America from conquest and colonization through twentieth century politics and economics. This seminar will read García Márquez's text slowly, accompanied by works of history, literature, music, art, film, and journalism which shed light on its various meanings, but also help us to question how cultural works, history, and politics can inform and contradict one another.