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

Fall 2004

LAS 370S • 5-INTRO SPN AMER LIT SNC MOD

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
39180 to 39190 Multiple Sections
LINDSTROM/PORTO

Course Description

LINDSTROM Introduction to Spanish American Literature Since Modernism offers a look at Spanish American writing from 1890 to the present. Innovative developments in Spanish American writing are examined in the context of the rapid social changes taking place in Spanish American countries during the same period. Readings are in Spanish and include literary works in different genres as well as essays of social criticism. Grading System: 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. An excused absence is an absence satisfactorily explained by a note. Textbooks and Class Materials: Raquel Chang-Rodr?guez and Malva E. Filer, Voces de Hispanoam?rica Boston: Heinle and Heinle, 1996. 3rd ed. Should be at University Co-op. In addition, there will be a course packet (to be arranged).

PORTO This course offers a comprehensive introduction to the literature of Spanish America from the end of the Nineteenth Century to late Twentieth Century. For the sake of chronology, our readings will be divided into four clusters: Modernismo, las Vanguardias y la Modernizacion, the ¡°Boom,¡± and the Post-Boom generation (which temporally, and at times aesthetically, coincides with postmodernism in the continental European and North American sense). We shall seek to understand the extent to which each one of these canonical literary periods belies a profound heterogeneity ¡ª as the production of metaphors of race, place, money, land, power, history, sexuality, language and labor is not restricted to any one temporal division. For example, we will find that concerns of inclusivity and exclusivity arise from any combination of the intersections above, and others not mentioned. We will discover how, in what ways, the conflagration of dominant cosmologies (indigenous, eurocentric, African) is an ongoing one, despite the time or the place of the particular writer. From this conflagration surges a plethora of issues, which includes: the artifice of identity-creation (i.e. the self-consciousness of the Modernistas with regards to their ¡°european-ness¡± or ¡°american-ness¡±); the question of ¡°the sacred¡± and ¡°the profane¡± and ¡°use¡± versus ¡°exchange¡± values as economic foundations for mestizo and indigenista writers; eurocentric biases regarding ¡°Culture¡± (often material and artifactual) versus indigenous and African biases (often oral and ¡°intangible¡±); the virulence of social stratification and hierarchization along racial, gender-based, or economic lines; and the ever-present issues of identity and transculturation (especially in the Americas). With certain authors, we will listen to metaphors of place, as they engage the often intense realities of ecology which characterize much of Spanish America, for such physical realities coexist with and inform, symbiotically, the cultural and material economies. As the XXth century in Latin America was one of such tremendous political and social turmoil ¡ª at certain times, in certain countries, it has proved to be unbearably tumultuous ¡ª we can expect this literature to reflect those realities. (Remember that writers are often the most sensitive and engaged of political beings). Finally, but not exhaustively, throughout the semester we will keep our minds open to the nature of these modern and post-modern writings originating in peripheral modernities and post-modernities. Thus, the nature of the periphery will be another central concern for us. The course will be conducted entirely in Spanish, and students are responsible for completing the assigned readings before each class. Required Texts/Class Materials: Raquel Chang-Rodr?guez and Malva E. Filer, Voces de Hispanoam?rica. Boston: Heinle and Heinle, 2003. 4th ed. Alvaro Mutis, Empresas Y Tribulaciones De Maqroll El Gaviero, Ediciones Alfaguara, S.A., 2001. Course Packet, SPN 325L/LAS 370S, Porto, available at Jenn¡¯s Copies (24th and Guadalupe). Grading Criteria: Homework 15% Quizzes 15% Midterm Paper (essay) 30% End of Term Paper (essay) 30% Attendance/Participation 10% Term Papers: 6-8 pages in length, 12pt font, double-spaced.

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