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

Spring 2005


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Course Description

DOMINGUEZ-RUVALCABA This course is a survey on the main trends of Spanish American literature of the twentieth century. Our objective is to distinguish different currents, styles, and periods, as well as regional topics in this field. Students are expected to read literary works and some critical texts and participate actively in discussions in class and on-line. The content of this class includes: regionalism, narratives of the Mexican revolution, postmodernita poetry, the avant-garde, indigenismo, el boom, literatures of dictatorship and post-dictatorship, and the testimony. We are going to use visual materials and films in order to reinforce the comprehension of aesthetics and socio-historical context. Our approach will be to explain the process of constructing Spanish America modernity in its literature, with emphasis in the representation of gender, ethnicity and political struggles. Grading criteria: 50% Partial test 20% Final paper 10% Participation 20% Final test Bibliography: Chang-Rodriguez, Raquel, Malva E, Filer. Voces de Hispanoamérica A reader prepared by the instructor.

BEYERSDORFF This course is a continuation of SPN 325K (Spanish American Literature before Modernism), a survey of important historical and literary works from the Pre-Columbian, Colonial and the early Republican eras. In this course we will examine the development of narrative from the late Nineteenth century when Latin American authors and literary critics are beginning to shape and express emerging attitudes towards their nation’s society and culture through their writings. At the same time they demonstrate in their writing styles the movement away from European and Colonial era literary forms of expression. We begin with the sociological essays and novel, respectively, of Manuel Gonzales Prada and Clorinda Matto de Turner, who together produced the precursor works of the “Indigenismo” movement, which would later be defined through the polemical writings of José Carlos Mariátegui. We continue with issues of ethnicity, race, ecology and national identity which emerge into public discourse through the views held by José Martí, Ezequiel Martínez Estrada and José Vasconcelos. We then turn to documentary autobiography (“Testimonio”) produced by advocates of social change in their native regions, such as Domitila Chungara and Rigoberta Menchu as well as perceptions of gender in the poetry of Rosario Castellanos. Lastly, we read narrative renditions of daily life in rural and urban settings by Javier de Viana, José María Arguedas, Juan Rulfo, José Donoso and Gabriel García Marquéz. Grading System Homework: Composition of paragraphs on readings 50% Regular attendance and participation in class discussion on readings. 40% End-of-course oral presentation 10% The Course Packet includes the following readings: I Society Under the Magnifying Glass II Women Have Their Say III Vignettes of Life IV Readings on literary history from La cultura moderna en América Latina


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