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

Spring 2009

SPN 380K • Spanish American Writing and Gender

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
47400 MW
9:00 AM-10:30 AM
BEN 1.118

Course Description

This course involves reading selected Spanish American narrative works that have especially attracted critics with a feminist or genre approach. We will read the primary texts together with relevant examples of criticism on those works. The purposes of the course are: to read some important works of Spanish American narrative, to examine some of the main currents in feminist and gender studies of literature, and to practice evaluating literary criticism.

Grading Policy

Each member of the class will write a term paper of approximately 4200 words (17 pages), which will analyze a work or works of Spanish American literature from some feminist or gender-studies perspective. While all the works read in common by the students in the course are narrative prose, the term papers can focus on texts in any literary genre or on testimonios. Term paper topics that go beyond these guidelines may be accepted, but before proposing such a topic the student must consult with the instructor to see how the topic can fit into the course. Detailed proposal for paper, 35% Final version of term paper, 60% Attendance and participation, 5%


Course packet with critical articles on the primary works read for the course as well as some more general articles on feminist criticism and gender studies of Spanish American writing. Tentative list of primary works (some of these may need to be replaced if available editions cannot be located) Avellaneda, Sab Gorriti, Sueños y realidades Bombal, La última niebla Garro, Recuerdos del porvenir Puig, La traición de Rita Hayworth Ferré, Papeles de Pandora Sarduy, Cobra


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