Latin America and Its Literature


SPANISH | Latin America and its literature (4th year)

Course Description
The course aims to give an overview of the major trends in Latin American literature from pre-Hispanic times and the period of Discovery (1492) and Spanish Conquest to the end of the 20th Century. Representative works from various genres (Conquest accounts, poetry, essay, short fiction, theatre) are analyzed in class.
Prerequisite: Introduction to Reading Hispanic Literatures

Learning Goals
At the end of this class the students should be able to:
1. Think critically about artistic texts produced in Latin America
2. Read carefully literary texts, understand them and analyze their content and purposes
3. Build a mental map of Latin American traditions and their timeline
4. To understand present-day Latin America through its artistic/literary production

Required Materials
Raquel Chang-Rodríguez and Malva Filer, Eds. Voces de Hispanoamérica. Antología Literaria
Julio Cortázar, “Casa tomada.”
A good Spanish-English/English-Spanish dictionary, for example Merriam Webster or Collins