Spanish and Portuguese | The Hispanic World I
S331 | 10854 | Professor Paula Sanmartín


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

“Race, Class, Gender and Ethnicity and the Construction of Identity
in Spanish American Literature”

This course provides and introduction to literature from Spanish
America in order to examine how the interactions of race, class,
gender and ethnicity affect the construction of individual and
national identities.  In addition to this thematic emphasis, through
an analysis of a selection of nineteenth and twentieth-century
texts, students will learn how to become critical and imaginative
readers of literary works, developing skills for analyzing five
different genres: essay, short story, poetry, drama and the novel.
In addition, we will also look at testimonio, a relatively
new “genre” which became popular in Spanish America during the
second half of the twentieth century, and we will watch at least one
film, in order to learn how to analyze the relationship of the
cinematic medium to literature.

Readings will be drawn from the work of Jorge Luis Borges, Julio
Cortázar, Ana Lydia Vega, Rubén Darío, Gabriela Mistral, Pablo
Neruda, Nicolás Guillén, Nancy Morejón and Rosario Ferré among
others.

The final grade will be determined on the basis of participation in
class discussion, written assignments, short papers, a midterm and a
final exam.  The course will be taught entirely in Spanish, and all
the assignments will be in Spanish as well.

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