940:333 Power & Nation-Building in Spanish America (3)

01:940:333 Literature & Culture of Spanish America (3 credits)
Prerequisite: 01:940:215 or permission of Department.

Reading and discussion of literary expressions from the Colonial Era through the late 19th-century romanticismo and modernismo. Major emphasis will be placed on representative works in narrative and poetry of cultural icons Colón, Garcilaso, Sor Juana, Esteban Echeverría, Sarmiento, José Martí, Rubén Darío, José Asunción Silva. Viewing of 1-2 films and/or video clips to complement the readings.

Learning goals*:

-To become familiar with Spanish America’s literary production from the 1400s through the late 19th-century;

-to increase students’ appreciation of different literary genres such as diaries, the novel, the short story, the essay, historical fiction, poetry;

-to analyze the writer’s craft, the styles of figurative language -symbol, metaphor, simile, personification, etc.-, the structure, themes and settings in each text;

-to delve into the political, social and cultural currents represented in the text;

-to explore possible ideological, esthetic, political, social connections with contemporary issues, and to reflect on how our knowledge of the past enriches our awareness of the present;

-to improve written and oral proficiency in Spanish through literary analysis, class participation, exams, compositions and assignments;

-to familiarize students with literary representations of self-other relationships, of race, class, gender construction.

*Refer to our Departmental learning goals

Required texts*:

-José Martí, Lucía Jerez

-Esteban Echeverría, El matadero

-J. O. Jiménez, Antología crítica de la poesía modernista hispanoamericana (selection)

-Supplemental readings posted on Sakai: Colón, Bernal Díaz del Castillo, el Inca Garcilaso, Sor Juana, Andrés Bello, Esteban Echeverría, Sarmiento, Hostos, José Hernández, Zorrilla de San Martín, etc.

***Required texts may vary from semester to semester.

Method of evaluation*:

Two written exams (in situ): 30% (15% each)

Written assignments: 20%

Oral presentation: 10%

Class participation and punctual attendance: 20%

Final research essay: 20%

*Method of evaluation may vary from semester to semester.