Myth Reading Group
Thursday 1 December
12.00-1.30pm in Room NTC.2.06
This week Eirini Apanomeritaki continues our discussion of Mythscapes with a session on Gabriel García Márquez’s Macondo
Gabriel García Márquez’s acclaimed magical realist novel One Hundred Years of Solitude (, 1970) provided a creation myth for Latin America; events from twentieth century Colombia and the country’s colonial past are juxtaposed with extraordinary incidents in a repetitive cycle. Featuring scenes inspired from the discovery of the New World, the Genesis and the Apocalypse, but also from classical creation myths, the imaginary Macondo becomes a mythical location where seven generations of the Buendía family are born, rule, and die. The remote village of Macondo grows, is exploited by a banana plantation company, is hit by a plague and a flood, and eventually vanishes amidst a hurricane.
In the session, we will consider extracts from One Hundred Years of Solitude relating to Macondo’s foundation and disappearance (essential reading: pp. 2-4, 7-12, and 298-302) and to the insomnia plague (additional reading: pp. 33-36).
References: Gabriel García Márquez, One Hundred Years of Solitude , trans. Gregory Rabasa  (London: Penguin, 2000)