Survey of Spanish-American Literature and Culture since the 1820s

Independence Wars, nation formation, dictatorship, revolution, love, (post)colonialism, neoliberalism, globalization: these are just some of the origins of change that shape Spanish America from the mid 19th century to present day. These historical, political and social patterns, along with the aesthetic campaigns and movements that bubble up as a result of them, are the driving forces behind some of the most renowned literary works in a Spanish-American context.

Spanish 365 is a survey course that picks up, chronologically, where Spanish 364 leaves off. By working through a sampling of literary genres and representative authors from different Spanish American backgrounds- José Martí (Cuba), Pablo Neruda (Chile), Gabriel García Márquez (Colombia), Luisa Valenzuela (Argentina), and Juan Rulfo (Mexico), to name a few, students will trace the thematic consistencies and shifts among literary movements, grapple with literal and figurative meanings in literature, and evaluate to what extent these authors and their works dialogue with (or not) the thematic legacies of Spanish America’s past and present as well as conceptualize, imagine, and ultimately disseminate a new vision of and for the future through a literary lens.

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Required Texts
Course pack (available for purchase at UBC Bookstore)
Gabriel García Márquez. Crónica de una muerte anunciada.

Recommended Texts
Gladys M. Varona-Lacey. Introduccción a la literatura hispanoamericana: de la conquista al siglo XX.
E. Bradford Burns. Latin America: A Concise Interpretive History.
Jean Franco. An Introduction to Spanish American Literature.

SPAN 221 and SPAN 302.
SPAN 302 may be taken as a co-requisite, with the permission of the instructor or of the Spanish Major Advisor.

Language of Instruction: Spanish

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