well that's it. hard to believe my last semester at university has drawn to this quick conclusion. i have to say, taking this class was a kind of risk i took earlier in the term when choosing courses - it looked damn interesting and i had heard hearsay of jon's innovative ways but never having studied literature seriously, let alone "bad" literature in spanish, i was very hesitant to take and fail a class in my last semester.
i took a lot from getting to think and comment on things throughout the week via blogs, which still stands for me as a great venue for student participation especially for us who feel a bit self conscious of our comments on a somewhat unknown field. i also learned of a good framework for critical reading of any text or cultural concept - it is interesting to read over my earlier blogs where i still confused taste with quality and think back now with what i have learned.
earlier in the year i thought, maybe the class is called bad latin american literature but it's actually a twist, and the books we read will end up being good. well it took chapter 1 of eva luna to know that was not going to be the case, but regardless, i don't feel it was a waste in anyway to read these uninspiring books. it took patience, was at times entertaining (especially in class debates) and got us to think in a way that traditional 'read this, tell me why it's a work of genuis' approach would not have.
given some context for latin american literature, i now feel inspired to read some "good" latin american literature! i have started with mario vargas llosa's travesuras de la nina mala and i'm pleased that i feel comfortable enough to read and enjoy literature in spanish... seeing how this text goes right where the others we have read went wrong is quite impressive.
thank you all for your patience, your comments, and your blogs which have all taught me mucho.