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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 • 5-INTRO SPN AMER LIT SNC MOD

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
39740 to 39750 Multiple Sections

Course Description

DOMINGUEZ-RUVALCAB This course is a survey of the main trends of Spanish American literature in the twentieth century. Our objective is to distinguish different currents, styles, and periods, as well as regional topics in this field. The content of this class includes: regionalism, narratives of the Mexican revolution, poetry from modernismo to avant-garde, indigenismo, el boom, literatures of dictatorship and post-dictatorship, and the testimonio and chronicle of recent years. We are going to use visual materials and films in order to enhance the comprehension of aesthetics and socio-political contexts. The questions we will address throughout this course will be: 1. How Spanish American Literature is related to the main trends of twentieth century literature in the world? Spanish American culture has been considered marginal in relation to Western tradition. Our discussion will evaluate the response of this literature to the external influences, considering discursive strategies of re-interpretation, resistance and assimilation. 2. How literature in this region is actively involve in the political process and social and cultural criticism? The role of literature in the analysis of social reality and the participation of writers in debates over national identity, cultural policies and the formation of the state. 3. How gender and ethnicity determine rhetorical and thematic features in Spanish American writing? We will emphasize race, cultural diversity and gender criticism in most of readings. Grading criteria: 20% 3 Partial tests 25% 8-pages final paper 25% Two 4-pages papers 20% Final test 10% Participation

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