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Jill Robbins, Chair 150 W 21st Street, Stop B3700, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-4936

Spring 2006

SPN 341K • Spanish-Language Literature of the Southwest

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
47050 TTh
8:00 AM-9:30 AM
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Course Description

This course establishes the importance of the Hispanic literary heritage of the Southwest through a critical examination of key texts. The course aims to provide students with historical, geographical, and cultural knowledge, and to familiarize learners with a range of Hispanic texts produced in and about the American Southwest. Students will trace the origin and development of Hispanic literature in the Southwest through selections of Spanish literature (1539-1820), Mexican literature (1821-1848), and Mexican-American literature (1849-present). The course will provide students the means for discussing such texts and writers from a variety of critical and theoretical perspectives so they can be conversant in the role of literature in articulating political, cultural, and social arguments.

Grading Policy

3 Course Essays 60% Final Examination 20% Quizzes 15% Class Participation 5%


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