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SPAN347 19th Century Latin American Literature

Foundational nineteenth-century Latin American literature, especially the works of Esteban Echeverría, Domingo Faustino Sarmiento, José Hernández, Andrés Bello and José Marti.

What do you know about the foundation of the Latin American countries? Are you interested in learning about the processes of independence between Latin America and Spain? This paper introduces students to the rise of nationalist discourses and new types of citizens. Students will learn about the development of the press and the rise of patriotic symbols. They also develop skills to read closely and analyse Spanish literary works while preparing them for upper-level papers and study abroad.

Paper title 19th Century Latin American Literature
Paper code SPAN347
Subject Spanish
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2017
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $851.85
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,585.00

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(SPAN 232 or SPAN 202) and (SPAN 243 or SPAN 212)
Schedule C
Arts and Music
Suitable for undergraduate students interested in Latin American literature
Teaching staff
Paper Convenor: Dr Adelso Yanez
Paper Structure
This paper explores the following topics:
  • How and when Latin American countries were founded
  • The independence of Latin American countries
  • The political, journalistic and literary discourses of the 19th century
  • The dream and ideas of Simon Bolivar
To be advised

Readings as assigned on Blackboard
Course outline
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Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Research, Self-motivation.
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Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete the paper will be able to
  • Articulate the ways in which selected works of Latin American literature challenge and change our conceptions of society and culture
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the civilisation versus barbarism dichotomy that acts as a discursive axis for much of the 19th-century Latin American literature
  • Employ fundamental theoretical tools to research and write a critical essay about one of the texts studied
  • Develop an ability to read texts in relation to their historical and cultural contexts in order to gain a richer understanding of both text and context and to become more aware of Latin America's historical and cultural situation

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Not offered in 2017

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system