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When Gabriel García Márquez wrote one of his early novels, Leaf Storm, he was inspired by William Faulkner’s As I Lay Dying. In this Delve, we’ll look at questions of influence and creative transformation. What happens when one master apprentices to another? How do writers learn from each other? And what do the South and South America have in common? We’ll trace just what Macondo owes to Yoknapatawpha County.
Guide: Kelly Austin has graduate degrees in literature from Claremont, Cambridge, and UCLA. Most recently she taught Modern and Contemporary Latin American Literature at the University of Chicago, focusing on poetry in the Americas and translation studies. She has also led literature seminars for the Illinois Humanities Council’s Odyssey Project, Newberry Library, and the Chicago Humanities Festival.
Wednesdays, September 16 – October 7, 2015 6:30 – 8:30 pm (4 meetings)