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

Summer 2004

SPN f352 • Topics in Spanish and Spanish American Literature

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
88885 MTWThF
8:30 AM-10:00 AM
SZB 284

Course Description

During the first half of the XXth century, Latin American writers enthusiastically favored the short narrative format. Some of them, such as Jorge Luis Borges or Julio Cortázar, dedicated almost their entire career to the perfection of their technique and, consequently, are known to have mastered the traits of this narrative form. It seems that the main characteristics of the short story —brevity, condensation, conciseness and fast-paced rhythm— gave them a channel to express artistically two of the main characteristics of the experience of modernity: fragmentation and speed. This will be our line of argument in the course.

Grading Policy

40% 2 Exams 20% Final Paper 10% Oral Presentation 10% Daily Preparation 10% Participation 10% Attendance


Coleman, Alexander. Cinco maestros: cuentos modernos de Hispanoamérica. New York: Heinle & Heinle, 1969. (ISBN: 0-15-507551-9) Suplementary material will be provided through different means: copies, Blackboard system, etc.


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