El ritmo de la violencia: A Writing Workshop

Visiting Professor: Gabriela Cabezón Cámara
When: Mondays, November 4-25, 1:00 – 4:30 pm
Location: CLAS Conference Room, 2334 Bowditch Street
Department of Spanish and Portuguese; 1 unit

Please note: Monday November 11th is an administrative holiday. The make-up class will be decided by the group during the first session. 

Note: This course will be taught in Spanish and assignments must be submitted in Spanish.

*Prerequisite: Spanish 4 or equivalent AND two upper division Spanish Literature courses 

Can it be said that violence has a particular meter, rhythm, paradigm, or lexicon? In Argentina, and in the 19th century, it did. And it did again every time the country’s literature tried to reformulate itself. Each innovative writer ignored a great predecessor: Borges ignored Lugones and returned to the “gauchesca” literature, and today’s writers continue to return to that tradition to tell contemporary stories in an innovative way. Pedro Mairal did it in El gran surubí (2013) as did Oscar Fariña in El Gaucho Martín Fierro (2010) and Gabriela Cabezón Cámara in Le viste la cara a Dios (2010). Meter was a key element in epic and popular narrative (and in poetry as well). Experimenting with rhythmic writing can be both stimulating and innovative. That is what Cabezón Cámara proposes in this course: delving into “gauchesca” literature, both in its traditional texts and its 20th and 21st century reformulations, and allowing students to try it themselves in their own writing. 

Gabriela Cabezón Cámara is one of the most exciting new writers to have emerged in Argentina in the last decade. Her first published novel, La Virgen Cabeza, came out in 2009 and received immediate international recognition. This book was followed by Le viste la cara a Dios in 2011 and Beya in 2013. Cabezón Cámara has been the editor of the Arts & Culture section of Argentina’s main newspaper, Clarín, since 1996. 

Please contact Professor Natalia Brizuela (brizuela@berkeley.edu) with any questions and Mari Mordecai (spanua@berkeley.edu) to sign up for the course. Space is limited.