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

Spring 2008

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

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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. The course is conducted entirely in Spanish, and the student will cultivate active critical skills through in-class discussion as well as written analysis of texts. In addition to selections from the anthology, supplemented by a photocopied reader, handouts and materials on reserve in the Benson Latin American Collection, the student will read the novel María by Jorge Isaacs.

Grading Policy

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


Literatura hispanoamericana: antología e introducción histórica tomo 1. Ed. Enrique Anderson Imbert and Eugenio Florit. New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1970. (Referred to in Plan as Ant.). Jorge Isaacs. María. México: Porrúa, 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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