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

Spring 2006

SPN 325K • Introduction to Spanish-American Literature through Modernism

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
46925 MWF
2:00 PM-3:00 PM
gar 111

Course Description

This course introduces the student to the critical reading of texts -in Spanish that focus on the unfolding of five fundamental themes in the development of Spanish-American civilization from its inception up to c. 1911 and the maturation of modernismo: (1) The Conquests/Encounters -- representations of New World cultures and the Conquest based on first-hand witness; (2) The Colonial World -- writings from marginal, dissident and/or reformist perspectives within Colonial society; (3) The Struggle for Independence -- representations of America in search of intellectual independence; (4) Nation-Building and the Crisis of Post-Colonial Identity -- the dilemma posed in terms of Civilization vs. Barbarism, and the critical reexamination of the Colonial past in the nineteenth century; (5) Modernismo -- the problematic "coming of age" of a Spanish-American esthetics.

Although the primary goal of the course is close reading of representative texts, appropriate references will be made to the overall historical framework, key literary and intellectual movements, and major currents and debates of criticism.

Grading Policy

One short critical essay 20% 5 ten minute quizzes 5% Mid-term exam 25% Final exam 40% Class Participation 10%


Literatura hispanoamericana: antologia e introduccion historica tomo 1. Ed. Enrique Anderson Imbert and Eugenio Florit. New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1970. (Referred to in Plan as Ant.). Jorge Isaacs. Marða. México: Porrßa, 1982 or Donald McGrady, ed. Madrid: Cátedra, 1986. Photocopied course reader (referred to in Plan as Cuaderno). The Cuaderno is available at Abel's Copies, 715 W. 23rd, Tower Court, Suite D, 472-5353.


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