Verónica Cortínez

E-mail: Phone: 310-206-3132 Office: Rolfe Hall 5329


  • 1990: Ph.D., Harvard University
  • 1983: A.M., Harvard University
  • 1981: M.A., University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • 1979: Licenciatura en Letras, Universidad de Chile


  • Chilean Literature and Film
  • Contemporary Spanish-American Narrative Fiction
  • Colonial Spanish-American Literature




Spanish 241A:
El cuento hispanoamericano

A critical review of the theory and practice of the short story in Latin America from its costumbrista beginnings to the latest trends of the McOndo generation, with due reference to the masters of the genre, such as Quiroga, Borges, Cortázar, Rulfo, and Peri Rossi. Special attention will be given to Poe as the international founding father.

Spanish 244A:
Gestación y autogestión del boom
The course tries to answer the apparently simple question: What is the boom? The socio-aesthetic complex which allows for the international birth of the Latin American novel in the 60s will be examined first through the agencies responsible for the phenomenon: publishers, journals, critics, and the authors themselves. Second, we will analyze some of the major novels to see how aesthetic and politics fit together. Third, a special place will be given to José Donoso as retroactive critic of and metafictional writer on the boom.

Spanish 290:
Medio siglo de cultura chilena: 1960-2010
The matrix of Twentieth-Century Chilean culture has been described by sociologist Manuel Antonio Garretón as national, state driven, democratic, and popular. The seminar will explore how this comprehensive formula applies to the reform years from Frei to Allende (1964-1973) and how it was affected by the military dictatorship and the democratic normalization since 1990. Special attention will be given to cinema as the medium that combines different cultural phenomena, such as folklore and pop music, religious traditions from the countryside, urban theater, national sports, social documents, and historical icons.

Spanish 290:
Violencia y memoria en el mundo hispánico

The course examines case studies of historic violence in the Hispanic world and the literary and cinematographic memory of those events. We start with the Chilean dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet and Sergio Castilla’s cinematographic work, with a special focus on the film Gentille Alouette (1985-1990) as a sophisticated form to remember and overcome the effects of violence of the Latin American dictatorships. Students propose a research topic according to their own interests.

Spanish 290:
Alberto Fuguet: Ficción y realidad

This course is an introduction to contemporary Latin American fiction through the works of one of its outstanding figures, Chilean writer Alberto Fuguet. The course focuses on the close reading and socio-critical analysis of his first novel Mala onda (1991), as well as his two latest novels, No ficción (2015) and Sudor (2016). We also consider Fuguet’s ties to cinema, reflected in Por favor, rebobinar (1994) and explicitly documented in his own film Se arrienda (2005). The author’s visit to UCLA will allow us to test the validity of our approach.

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