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Charles R. Hale, Director SRH 1.310, 2300 Red River Street D0800, Austin, TX 78712 • 512.471.5551

Spring 2006

LAS 370S • 4-INTRO TO SPN AM LIT THRU MOD

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
39725 to 39735 Multiple Sections

Course Description

LINDSTROM This course brings together Spanish American literary history and social history. It surveys the development of Spanish American literature from the days of the Spanish Conquest to 1900. In the early weeks of the course, most of the readings are historical documents having to do with the conquest of the Amerindian populations. Later more literary readings reflect the intellectual life in Spain's American colonies and the ferment leading up to the wars of Independence. Romanticism and modernismo are covered in the last weeks. Required Text: Raquel Chang-Rodrèguez and Malva E. Filer, Voces de Hispanoamérica Boston: Heinle and Heinle. 3rd ed. Should be at University Co-op. Course Packet: Jenn's Copies, 2200 Guadalupe St., Austin, TX 78705 You must purchase the packet because it contains required readings. Grading Criteria: proposal for term paper 15% midterm examination 27.5% final version of term paper 22.5% quizzes and participation 5% final examination 30% Attendance Policy: Four cuts permitted; subsequent unexcused absences result in 1% grade reduction each.

SALGADO This course is a comprehensive introduction to the literature of Spanish America from its beginnings to the end of the Nineteenth Century. It features diverse types of literary and pseudo-literary texts by the most important authors and figures of the "colonial" and "independence" period. Among other topics, lectures will emphasize the importance these texts still have in the formation of contemporary Latin American literature and culture by discussing how these canonical works have been reinterpreted and readapted by modern authors. Discussion of the texts will focus on some of the following issues: the nature of literary production in contexts of ethnic and cultural conflict; the transformation and differentiation of Spanish American literary discourse through the incorporation of expressions, metaphors, and other linguistic elements from native languages; the growing tension and aesthetic distance between Peninsular writing and Spanish American creole literature; the relationship between writing, power, and social status in colonial texts; and the role of poetry and fiction in the the construction of a new national identity during the period of independence. More specifically, the course will comment on the principal genres of the colonial and independence period--the crñnica, the relaciñn, the historia, the ethnographical informe, baroque and epic poetry, and the sermon in the former; the novel, the pastoral, the essay, the short story, autobiography, and romantic, gauchesca and modernista poetry in the latter. Tentative Textbooks and Readings Please note that all the readings are due on the day listed and should be prepared prior to coming to class. Readings are taken from Anderson Imbert and Florit, Literatura Hispanoamericana (marked LH, available now at the University COOP) and from a special SPAN 325k Readings Packet (marked Packet, available at Jenn's [2200 Guadalupe]). Juan Francisco Manzano's Autobiografëa de un esclavo (ed. Ivan Schulmann) should also be available at the COOP. Throughout the course there will be also handouts for required reading. Course Requirements and Grading Attendance and participation: 20% 5 3-page essays based on discussion questions (due Mondays): 45% Final exam (probably take home format): 35%

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