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SPAN348 Poetry and Dictatorship in 20th Century Latin America

An in-depth study of poetry produced in Spanish America in the twentieth century. Poets studied include Pablo Neruda, Cesar Vallejo, Jaime Sabines and Juan Gelman.

Learn more about the most important social movements in Latin America and how poets have fought against its dictatorships and contributed to its democratic transition. In addition to analysing the totalitarian regimes in Latin America, this paper is an in-depth study of poetry produced in Latin America in the 20th century.

Paper title Poetry and Dictatorship in 20th Century Latin America
Paper code SPAN348
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 one of SPAN 242, SPAN 243, SPAN 211, SPAN 212
Schedule C
Arts and Music
Suitable for undergraduate students interested in cultural studies with previous experience

Lectures and texts will be in Spanish.
Teaching staff
To be advised
Assigned readings available through Blackboard
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Communication, Critical thinking, Ethics, Research, Self-motivation.
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Paper Structure
This paper is an in-depth study of the most representative poetry produced in the Spanish countries of Latin America in the 20th century. Starting with a study from the "literary vanguards" (1930s) to the "new baroque" (1970s), this paper will offer a general overview of the most important poets of this century and the most important currents and styles of Spanish American poetry. The poets to be studied include Vicente Huidobro, Oliverio Girondo, Pablo Neruda, C?®sar Vallejo, Jaime Sabines, Juan Gelman, Jos?® Kozer and Gerardo Deniz. Through the reading and analysis of these poets, students will be able to identify the main characteristics of their poetry, their poetic discourses and their participation in the most important historical events (revolutions, dictatorships) of Latin America.
Learning Outcomes
At the end of this paper students are expected to
  • Be familiar with a selection of the most representative Latin American poetry published in the 20th century
  • Be able to identify and study themes and poetry styles characteristic of Latin American literature in general and Latin American poetry in particular
  • Be able to contextualise Latin American poetry within contemporary and universal theoretical perspectives
  • Be able to analyse historical and social movements (revolutions, dictatorships) to which these poets made a significant contribution

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Not offered in 2017

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system