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SPAN341 Special Topic in Hispanic Studies

Are you interested in learning about polemical topics in the Latin American narrative? This paper discusses the phenomenon of machismo and its literary consequences for female characters; the discourses of sexuality in conservative societies; the sexual and racial diversity in the Latin American narrative; religious discourse; and the commercial and political implications of death.

Paper title Special Topic in Hispanic Studies
Paper code SPAN341
Subject Spanish
EFTS 0.15
Points 18 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2023 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $955.05
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18 200-level SPAN points
Schedule C
Arts and Music
Suitable for undergraduate students interested in Latin American literature with previous experience. Texts and lectures will be in Spanish.
Teaching staff

Paper Convenor: Dr Adelso Yánez

Paper Structure
This paper is an analysis of various forms of narrative, from the early 20th century to the present day. Concepts such as intertextuality, enunciation, citation, communicative competence and subaltern studies will be used to discuss gender roles in the texts.

Yánez Leal, Adelso. Relaciones de poder en la literatura latinoamericana: muerte, sexualidad, racismo y violencia.Buenos Aires: BIBLOS, 2014.

Readings as assigned on Blackboard.

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
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Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete the paper will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the most representative Latin American narrative writers published between 1937 and 2010
  • Identify significant literary techniques and themes within this corpus of texts
  • Demonstrate advanced communicative competence through reading, writing, speaking and listening in Spanish
  • Demonstrate an ability to reflect critically on readings
  • Undertake research and present a well-informed research essay
  • Demonstrate oral skills through a presentation in Spanish of their research topic

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Not offered in 2023

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system