F404 Fall 2019 Latin American Literature
Tuesdays, 2:15–3:40, Sep. 24–Nov. 12
Instructor: Ligia Glass
Class limit: 45
Join us to explore one of the most talked about novels of Laura Esquivel, a Mexican politician, novelist, and screen writer. Like Water for Chocolate is an imaginative combination of novel and cookbook. The novel follows the story of a young girl named Tita, who longs for her lover, Pedro, but can never have him because of her mother’s upholding tradition: the youngest daughter cannot marry, but instead must take care of her mother until she dies. Tita is only able to express herself when she cooks. The novel is divided into 12 sections named after months of the year, starting in January and ending in December. Each section begins with a Mexican recipe, and connects each dish to an event in the protagonist’s life. The Washington Post summed up the novel’s significance by saying that “it portrays the fantastical as every day,” and “aims to portray the onset of Mexican feminism.” The film will be viewed in class. All reading and discussion will be in English.
Ligia Glass has over 21 years’ experience teaching all levels of Spanish and teaching Latin American literature at Northern Virginia Community College. She has also taught Spanish with the Fairfax County Adult Education Program (ACE) and has been an OLLI instructor for several years. Glass holds an MA in foreign languages, an MA in Latin American area studies, and has done post graduate study in Latin American literature.