Spanish and Portuguese | Introduction to Hispanic Literature
S328 | 29424 | Professor Melissa Dinverno

HISP-S 328 Introduction to Hispanic Literature (3 credits)
Prerequisite:  S280 or S310 or equivalent.

This course provides an introduction to Hispanic literature and
literary interpretation.  In particular, it focuses on retooling
something that you probably already take for granted:  reading.  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 three literary genres (narrative,
poetry, and drama) and film.  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 also focus, therefore, on techniques of
argumentative writing in Spanish and the building of your textual
interpretation in both oral and composition form.

The analytical tools that you learn in this course will prepare you
for more advanced classes in literature and culture.  At the same
time, they are tools that will empower you to be more critical and
creative thinkers across the board, whatever your major or interests.

The course will most likely include texts by Julio Cortázar, Jorge
Luis Borges, Gabriel García Márquez, Rosario Ferré, Luisa Castro,
Laura Esquivel, Ariel Dorfman, Juan Ramon Jiménez, Vicente Huidobro,
Pablo Neruda, Federico García Lorca, Nicolás Guillén, Maya Chávez
Dean, and Pedro Almodovar.

All class discussion and writing assignments will be in Spanish.

This course carries the culture studies and arts and humanities

Note:  For students who matriculated Fall 2009 or before, credit
given for only two of these:  S328, S331, S332, or S333.  If you
have already taken two of these three courses, S331, S332, S333,
then you need not take S328.  Have questions?  Call the department
at (812) 855-8612 or e-mail

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