940:215: Introduction to Hispanic Literature (3)

01:940:215 Introduction to Hispanic Literature Course Synopsis

Department of Spanish and Portuguese:


01:940:202 or 204 or placement by exam


Course Learning goals:

  • To become familiar with the development of Spanish and Spanish American prose, poetry, and theater;
  • to learn critical concepts relevant to literary and cultural analysis;
  • to develop critical thinking skills;
  • to develop analytical reading and writing skills;
  • to improve oral and written Spanish proficiency.

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940:215 meets two goals in the SAS Core Curriculum:

II. Areas of Inquiry, Arts and Humanities

P.  Analyze arts and/or literatures in themselves and in relation to specific histories, values, languages, cultures, and technologies.

Q.  Understand the nature of human languages and their speakers.


Assigned readings, class lectures and discussions, written homework assignments, oral presentations, and exams are designed to help students to meet both Core and course goals.



  • Required: Aproximaciones al estudio de la literatura hispánica. Edward Friedman, L. Teresa Valdivieso y Carmelo Virgilio. New York, McGraw Hill. 7th Edition. ISBN- 978-0-07-338537-2.
  • Suggested: A bilingual dictionary with at least 100,000 entries.



20%    Class participation

(attendance, class participation, and homework assignments)

30%    Two exams

(in-class exams consisting of multiple choice, short answer and essay questions)          

30%    Two papers

(short textual analysis composition)

10%     One oral presentation

10%     One in-class critical reflection


92-100 A, 87-91 B+, 81-86 B, 77-80 C+, 70-76 C, 60-69 D, 0-59 F


*Evaluation may vary slightly from semester to semester.