September 10, 17, 24, and October 1, 6:30 – 8:30pm

Presented by Dr. René Prieto

A man becomes obsessed with a tropical species in an aquarium until the obsession takes him somewhere unexpected. . . A girl spends her summer vacation in a country house where a tiger roams. . .  A man borrows a young woman’s apartment and suddenly begins vomiting rabbits. . . Who has not dreamed of discovering the inner works, the underlying structure that lurks beneath a story’s mysterious surface? Join me in an exploration of the narrative strategies deployed in ten mesmerizing short stories by Argentine author and polymath Julio Cortázar. Approaching these works from the perspective of psychoanalysis, students in this class will have an opportunity to peek behind the facade shrouding the meaning of this author’s richly allusive and often misunderstood scenarios.

Weekly Reading Schedule

ISBN 978-0-394-72281-0 will be used in the class.
A limited number of books are available for purchase at the Institute.
Cost: $12 Please contact Registrar Joshua Kalin for more information.

$110 Members, $50 Educator Members




DR. RENÉ PRIETO is Professor of Arts and Humanities at UT Dallas and a Guggenheim Fellow. Fluent in five languages, he is a specialist in 19th and 20th-century literature and humanities.