Contemporary Hispanic - American Literature

Universidad Católica de Valencia

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Contemporary Hispanic - American Literature

  • Host University

    Universidad Católica de Valencia

  • Location

    Valencia, Spain

  • Area of Study

    Literature, Spanish Culture

  • Language Level

    Advanced

    Hours & Credits

  • Credits

    3
  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    0
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    0
  • Overview

    The main purpose of this course is to analyze recent Latin American cultural productions through a selection of literary works. Students will engage in texts beginning with what is known as ?the Boom? all the way the 21st century literary productions, closing the course with the Bogotá 39 generation. Through the study of each literary work, students will gain valuable knowledge of critical issues and gain a deeper understanding of the complexities/diversity of Latin American culture. Language of Instruction: Spanish

    CONTENTS
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    1. El boom
    - Julio Cortázar, fragmento de Rayuela
    - Carlos Fuentes, fragmento de La muerte de Artemio Cruz
    - Mario Vargas Llosa, fragmento de La ciudad y los perros
    - Gabriel García Márquez, fragmento de Cien años de soledad

    2. El posboom
    - Isabel Allende, fragmento de La casa de los espíritus
    - Laura Esquivel, fragmento de Como agua para chocolate

    3. Autores modernos
    - José Sánchez-Boudy, "Pepe el bobo" y "La angustia"
    - Manuel Puig, fragmento de El beso de la mujer araña
    - Hilda Perera, fragmento de El sitio de nadie
    - Elena Poniatowska, "Las lavanderas" y "Esperanza número equivocado"

    4. Bogotá 39
    - Norberto José Olivar, "La playa de los muertos"
    - Juan Gabriel Vásquez, "El doble"
    - Jorge Volpi, fragmento de En busca de Klingsor

    METHODOLOGY
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    The class will be organized on a seminar style basis. That is, the professor will count on students having
    read the assigned material beforehand (articles, handouts, news, etc.) and, therefore, coming to class
    prepared to debate. Active participation and attendance are essential and will play an active role in the
    final grade.

    MATERIALS
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    - A packet of materials prepared by the professor.

    ATTENDANCE
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    This class is intensive; therefore it is necessary to keep up with the material, complete the exercises (there
    will be quite a bit of homework each night) and attend class daily. You are allowed up two absences, use
    them wisely. Any absence beyond that will lower your final grade in 0,5 points (out of a grand total of 10
    points) for each absence beyond the second one (exceptions will only be granted in case of hospitalization
    or when the student is required to go back to the States).

    SPANISH-AMERICAN GRADES EQUIVALENCIES
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    La equivalencia de notas se llevará a cabo teniendo en cuenta la siguiente tabla:
    A+= 10-9.90
    A (Matrícula de honor)9,90 ? 9.0 A- (Sobresaliente) 8.99 ? 8.75 B+ (Notable alto) 8.74 ? 8.25
    B (Notable bajo) 8.24 ? 7.5 B- (Bien alto) 7.49 ? 7.0 C+ (Bien bajo) 6.99 ? 6.0
    C (Suficiente alto) 5.99 ? 5.0 D (Deficiente) 4.99 ? 4.0 F (Muy deficiente) 3.99 - 0

    EVALUATION CRITERIA
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    3 Oral presentations 45%
    Midterm paper (October 31st) 20%
    Final paper (December 10th) 35%

    * 3 Oral presentations (15% each): On a topic related to the course content (15 minutes, minimum; 30
    minutes, maximum). It has to include bibliography to show that some research on the topic has been done. No grade above B will be granted to a presentation with no research and academic
    bibliography. Wikipedia and the like are NOT considered ?academic?.

    * Midterm paper: a 1500 word + bibliography, one sided, Times New Roman 12, 1.5-spaced
    academic paper on a topic related to the course content. This paper needs to be authorized by the
    professor. No grade above B will be granted to a paper with less than 1500 words and the
    necessary academic sources.

    * Final paper: a 2500 word + bibliography, one sided, Times New Roman 12, 1.5-spaced
    academic paper on a topic related to the course content. This paper needs to be authorized by the
    professor. No grade above B will be granted without the use of academic resources. No grade above
    B will be granted to a paper with less than 2500 words and the necessary academic sources.

    **No grade above B will be granted without the use of a minimum of 4 academic resources.
    Interviews, Wikipedia and the like are not considered ?academic?. Students should use resources from sites such as JStor, NYConnect, OCLC First Search, ArticlesFirst, EBSCO, etc.
    ** Citation information: http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/06/
    **Extra credit: Students can receive extra credit by writing an academic paper = 1200 words +
    bibliography, one sided, Times New Roman 12, 1.5-spaced academic paper on a topic related to the
    course content. This paper needs to be authorized by the professor.
    **Official dates: Presentation / paper submission dates will not be modified unless an officially justified emergency comes up.

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