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SN3112 Spanish American Literature: An Overview

Teaching Terms: 1 and 2

Convenor: Dr Arantza Mayo

Assessment: Formative exercise (0%); Long essay of 3,000-3,500 words (80%); Oral presentation (20%).

Essays may be written in English or Spanish. No extra points will be awarded for writing in Spanish. The oral presentation must be done in Spanish.


Please note that this course is delivered in Spanish and class discussions will be carried out in this language.

This course provides a broad overview of Spanish American literature and its development from the colonial period to the 21st century. Through the study of works by authors from Mexico, Colombia, Chile, Argentina, Bolivia and El Salvador we will explore issues relating to identity (gender, political and national), ideology and violence.

In 2017-18, the course will focus on the following areas: ‘Mujer y escritura en la época colonial’ (Juana Inés de la Cruz), ‘Violencia y novela en los siglos XX y XXI (Mariano Azuela, Los de abajo; Fernando Vallejo, La virgen de los sicarios; Laura Restrepo, Demasiados héroes) and ‘Poesía y política’ (selections from works by Pablo Neruda, Juan Gelman, Roque Dalton and Pedro Shimose)

Key Primary Bibliography

Mariano Azuela, Los de abajo (any edition).

Juana Inés de la Cruz, Respuesta a Sor Filotea de la Cruz (any edition).

Roque Dalton, Selections.

Juan Gelman, Selections.

Pablo Neruda, Canto general (any edition).

Laura Restrepo, Demasiados héroes (Alfaguara, 2009).

Pedro Shimose, Selections.

Fernando Vallejo, La virgen de los sicarios (any edition).

Secondary Literature: General, Theoretical, Introductory

Specialised critical bibliographies will be made available to you.

Bell, Steven M. and Albert H. Le may, eds., Critical Theory, Cultural Politics and Latin American Narrative. Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press, 1993.

González Echevarría, Roberto and Enrique Pupo Walker, The Cambridge History of Latin American Literature. Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press, 1996.

Hart, Stephen, A Companion to Spanish American Literature. Woolbridge: Tamesis, 1999.

Pastor, Brígida and Lloyd Hughes Davies, A Companion to Latin American Women Writers. Woolbridge: Tamesis, 2012.

Williamson, Edwin, The Penguin History of Latin America. London: Penguin, 2010



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