El reino de este mundo will be the first and oldest text. Everything else will be short, but interesting, from a different country.
That is the foundation, and everything else is later; I should do something actually Afro-Latin to go with REM.
Other texts I am thinking about having, for narrative, are Pedro Páramo, Crónica de una muerte anunciada, Conversación al sur, El hablador, and La noche de Tlatelolco (the only non-novel on this list).
For poetry, Alejandra Pizarnik and Karen Villeda, Anna y Hans (hoping it has been translated by then). I’d like to teach Arguedas but it’s a man, again, and unless it’s a short story the works are longer.
And then there is theatre. And perhaps I should teach Retamar, Caliban. Or then again not. And I could make this all short narrative, only punctuate with other genres.
UPDATE. Or: start with RETAMAR, Bolívar, Manzano, Turner, Martí, Guillén . . . then move to REM, then GGM as non-magical, then research period where everyone in the class concentrates on ONE of the next books?