Honors | The Hispanic World I (HISP)
S331 | 8108 | Patrick Dove


MWF 1:25-2:15pm

This course is an introduction to the language of literary criticism
in Spanish, with a focus on Latin American poetry, drama, novel and
film. The main emphasis will be the experience of close reading;
that is, we will work on becoming more imaginative readers by
developing greater sensitivity to textual detail. We will ponder
what is specific about literary study, along with other questions
about fiction, lyrical voice, dramatic sequence, narrative lines,
cinematographic narrative, figural language, etc. Students taking
this course will develop the interpretive skills they will need in
upper level literature courses, as they work on developing greater
intimacy with language and with Spanish. The texts will include
poetry by Neruda, Vallejo, Borges, Agustini and Villaurrutia;
several short stories by Julio Cortázar, a short novel by César Aira
(Cómo me hice monja), a play by Vicente Leñero (Los albañiles), and
a film by Luis Buñuel (La vida criminal de Archibaldo de la Cruz).
Course work includes two exams and three short essays, among other
assignments.