Introduction to Methods of Literary Analysis in the Hispanic World

This introductory course offers an elementary and comprehensive understanding of literary analysis using Spanish and Latin American short texts. On this textual basis, the main literary genres (narrative, essay, poetry, drama) will be introduced with their terminology, as well as the great themes of Hispanic literature: love, violence, injustice, social alienation, death, beauty, travel, family, mystery and terror. Authors and texts, representing the diversity of the Hispanic world, will be studied in their historical, geographic, political, and cultural contexts. Accessibility–in terms of topics addressed and types of works studied, affordability and easy access to course materials, and student interests and levels–is a major priority for the course instructor.

This course fulfills the Literature Requirement for the Bachelor of Arts. This course is also a prerequisite for upper-level courses in Spanish, and it fulfills the Program Requirement for those who are planning to pursue a Spanish Major or Minor.


Coursepack provided in digital format and made available to students with adapted texts from authors such as Don Juan Manuel, Cervantes, Sor Juana, Emilia Pardo Bazán, Gabriel García Márquez, Ana María Matute, Borges, Federico García Lorca, etc.

Prerequisite: SPAN 202 or equivalent expertise in written and spoken Spanish.

Language of Instruction: Spanish