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Reading Macondo: the Works of Gabriel García Márquez

Explore why the author of One Hundred Years of Solitude is one of the 20th century’s leading writers in this free online course

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Free:

  • Access to the course for its duration + 14 days, regardless of when you join (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • No access to course tests
  • No certificate

Upgraded:

  • Unlimited access to the course, for as long as it exists on FutureLearn (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • Access to course tests
  • A Certificate of Achievement when you complete the course

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Reading Macondo: the Works of Gabriel García Márquez

Why join the course?

Gabriel García Márquez is a Colombian writer, who won the Literature Nobel Prize in 1982. He has been recognised as one of the world’s leading writers in the second half of the 20th century.

His works have been translated into many languages, been adapted for TV and film, and inspired many subsequent works of art.

Explore five works set in the fictional village of Macondo

The main goal of this course is to explore the literary contributions of Gabriel García Márquez to world literature, through five of his first few works. These are set in (or near) the fictional village of Macondo - a town inspired by the author’s birthplace, Aracataca. We will study:

  • Leaf Storm - La Hojarasca
  • No One Writes to the Colonel - El Coronel No Tiene Quien Le Escriba
  • In Evil Hour - La Mala Hora
  • Big Mama’s Funeral - Los Funerales de la Mamá Grande
  • One Hundred Years of Solitude - Cien Años De Soledad

Starting from a close reading of the texts, we will study different narrative dimensions such as:

  • the author’s life in relation to his oeuvre;
  • the idiosyncratic use of language;
  • and the role of time and space in Garcia Marquez’s poetics.

You will discover why he won international fame with 100 Years of Solitude, which remains a classic today.

Learn with Gabriel García Márquez experts from Bogotá, Colombia

Your guides for this course are experts in analysing the works of Gabriel García Márquez, from the Department of Literature at Universidad de los Andes in Colombia’s capital, Bogotá.

The department trains writers, editors and teachers, and will bring you a unique perspective from Gabriel García Márquez’s native land.

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What topics will you cover?

Week 1: Leaf Storm

  • Course Introduction
  • Introduction to Leaf Storm
  • A brief look at the author´s life
  • Language and structure
  • Space and its functions
  • The multiple dimensions of time
  • Closing

Week 2: No One Writes to the Colonel

  • Introduction to No one writes to the Colonel
  • A brief look at the author´s life
  • Language and structure
  • Space and its functions
  • The multiple dimensions of time
  • Closing

Week 3: Big Mama´s Funeral

  • Introduction to Big Mama´s Funeral
  • A brief look at the author´s life
  • Language and structure
  • Space and its functions
  • The multiple dimensions of time
  • Closing

Week 4: In Evil Hour

  • Introduction to In Evil Hour
  • A brief look at the author´s life
  • Language and structure
  • Space and its functions
  • The multiple dimensions of time
  • Closing

Week 5: One Hundred Years of Solitude: Part I

  • Introduction to One Hundred Years of Solitude: Part I
  • Presentation of the book
  • Analysis of the title
  • Analysis of the first chapter
  • Analysis of the characters
  • The female characters
  • The figure of the hero
  • The character-reader

Week 6: One Hundred Years of Solitude: Part II

  • Introduction to One Hundred Years of Solitude: Part II
  • Cycle 1: Mythical Time 1
  • Cycle 2: Historical Time 1
  • Cycle 3: Historical Time 2
  • Cycle 4: Mythical Time 2
  • Closing

When would you like to start?

  • Date to be announced

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you'll be able to...

  • Develop higher appreciation of Gabriel García Marquez’ work
  • Explore how his literary production has evolved over time
  • Compare and relate his literary works
  • Identify and recognize the principal traits that characterize his work
  • Discuss the connections between García Marquez' work and other literary texts
  • Reflect on the language use, characters and spatio-temporal dimension

Who is the course for?

You will need a basic ability to read and understand Gabriel García Márquez works in English.

Course videos will be in Spanish with English subtitles.

We recommend that you read each of the works before the course begins. You may find the books in your local library since any edition will do just fine.

Who will you learn with?

Hugo Ramirez

He studied Literature at the National University of Colombia, MA in American Literature at the Caro and Cuervo Institute and PhD in Hispanic Literature at El Colegio de México.

Adolfo Caicedo

His studies have focused on Latin American literature of the twentieth century, mainly in the research on poetry, narrative and Mexican essay, Colombian short story, Latin American Essay.

Andrea Junguito

PhD in Hispanic Literature - Duke University.

Camilo Hernandez

Doctor in Latin American Literature and Culture of Princeton University, MA in Latin American Literature and Culture of Princeton University, MA in American Literature at Indiana University

Who developed the course?

Uniandes is an autonomous, independent, and innovative institution that aims for academic excellence while providing rigorous critical and ethical character development.

What’s the difference between a free course and an upgraded course?

Free:

  • Access to the course for its duration + 14 days, regardless of when you join (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • No access to course tests
  • No certificate

Upgraded:

  • Unlimited access to the course, for as long as it exists on FutureLearn (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • Access to course tests
  • A Certificate of Achievement when you complete the course

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  • Refer to the material at any point in future

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Access to tests

When you upgrade you’ll have access to any tests during the course.

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  • Validate your learning
  • Ensure you have mastered the material
  • Qualify for a certificate

To receive a Certificate of Achievement you need to take any tests and score over 70%. You don’t get access to tests if you choose to take a course for free.

Certificate of Achievement

Upgrading means you’ll receive a Certificate of Achievement when you complete the course.

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  • Prove your success when applying for jobs or courses
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To receive a Certificate of Achievement you need to mark 90% of the steps on the course as complete, and score over 70% on any course tests.

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