Spanish and Portuguese | The Hispanic World I
S331 | 17381 | Prof. Melissa Dinverno


HISP-S 331 The Hispanic World I   (3 credits)
Prerequisites:  S310 or S311 or equivalent

Credit given for only two of the following:  S331, S332, S333

This course provides an introduction to Latin American literature
and the analysis of cultural texts.  It aims to engage with modern
Latin American texts (including the Caribbean and U.S. Latino) and
focus on something that you probably already take for granted:
reading.  During the semester, we will learn how to read both
critically and creatively, analyzing the strategies that different
authors use to express their ideas, create their literary and filmic
worlds, and engage the reader.  As an introduction to literature,
the class will familiarize you with the basic tools for the analysis
of film and three literary genres:  narrative, poetry, and drama.
We will question the limits of textual interpretation (is any
interpretation of a text valid?) and work towards producing readings
that are creative, insightful and grounded.

The course will most likely include texts by Jorge Luis Borges, Maya
Chávez Dean, Julio Cortázar, Ariel Dorfman, Rosario Ferré, Gabriel
García Márquez, Nicolás Guillén, Tomás Gutiérrez Alea, Vicente
Huidobro, Pablo Neruda, Cristina Peri Rossi, Juan Rulfo, Luz María
Umpierre, and César Vallejo.

Course evaluation will be based on a combination of short writing
assignments, presentations, exams, and class participation.  Class
discussions and assignments in Spanish.

HISP-S 331  17381  3:35P-4:25P  MWF Room=TBA  Prof. Melissa Dinverno