The short story is a major literary genre in Latin America. Since the early twentieth century, writers have journeyed in prose and other genres to create an independent and authentic literary voice in their quest to define and depict the realities of their nations and peoples. Characterized by either universalism or regionalism, and often by an incorporation of the fantastic or magical into the real, their works are of unique and unsurpassed quality. In this class, we will read and discuss masterpieces by such writers as Jorge Luis Borges (Arg.), Juan Rulfo (Mex.), Julio Cortázar (Arg.), Gabriel García Márquez (Col.), Clarice Lispector (Brazil), José Donoso (Chile) and Elena Garro (Mex.).