Spanish American language, literature and culture (2016/2017)

Teaching is organised as follows:
Unit Credits Academic sector Period Academic staff
PARTE I 6 L-LIN/06-LATIN AMERICAN LANGUAGES AND LITERATURES I SEMESTRE Luca Salvi
PARTE II 3 L-LIN/06-LATIN AMERICAN LANGUAGES AND LITERATURES I SEMESTRE Luca Salvi

Learning outcomes

“Inventing and re-writing the history of a World. Itineraries of Hispanic-American literature and culture”

The course aims to provide an overview on Hispanic-American cultures and literature, paying particular attention to the close relationship that, from the time of discovery and conquest and throughout the XXth century, it has come to be established between the fields, often hybrids, of historical reconstruction and literary discourse.

Syllabus

Module: PARTE I
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Primary sources:
• Alejo Carpentier, El arpa y la sombra, Madrid, Alianza.

A book to be chosen from the following list:
• Asturias, Miguel Ángel. Maladrón, Madrid, Alianza.
• Saer, Juan José. El entenado, Rayo Verde Editorial.
• Fuentes, Carlos. El naranjo, Alfaguara.
• Hiriart, Hugo. La destrucción de todas las cosas, Taller de Mario Muchnik.

Handbook:
• E. Perassi, Itinerari di cultura ispanoamericana. Ritorno alle origini e ritorno delle origini, Torino, UTET, 2011. Selezione capitoli: 1-2-5-6-7-8-17-20-21.

Critical bibliography:
• Fuentes, Carlos. “Tiempo y espacio de la novela”, in Valiente mundo nuevo. Épica, utopía y mito en la novela hispanoamericana, México, Fondo de Cultura Económica, 1997, pp. 30-49
• R. González Echeverría, “La novela como mito y archivo”, in Mito y archivo. Una teoría de la narrativa latinoamericana, México, Fondo de Cultura Económica, pp. 236-253.

Theory [recommended reading]:
• Marchese, Angelo. L’officina del racconto. Semiotica della narratività, Milano, Mondadori.

In addition, a handout with a basic selection of texts from the colonial era that will be used during the course will be made available to the students.

The bibliography is still to be considered provisional. Additional information and a definitive bibliography will be given during the lessons.


Module: PARTE II
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Primary sources:
• Edda Fabbri, Oblivion, Montevideo, Letraeñe.

One text to be chosen from the following list:
• Barnet, Miguel. Biografía de un cimarrón
• Walsh, Rodolfo. Operación masacre
• Poniatowska, Elena. La noche de Tlatelolco. Testimonios de historia oral

Bibliografia critica:
• Beverly, John (1987). “Anatomía del testimonio”, en Revista de Crítica Literaria Latinoamericana, Año XIII, n. 25, pp. 7-16.
• Volek, Emily (1994): “Hecho/documento/ficción: testimonio, crónicas, el contexto como autor y otras trampas de la fe”, en Villegas, Juan (ed.), De historia, lingüísticas, retóricas y poéticas. Actas del XI congreso de la Asociación Internacional de Hispanistas, 24-29 agosto 1992, California, University of California, vol. IV, pp. 301-308.
• Yúdice, George (1992): “Testimonio y concientización”, en Revista de crítica Literaria Latinoamericana, Año 18, n. 36, La Voz del Otro: Testimonio, Subalternidad y Verdad Narrativa, (1992), pp. 211-232.

The bibliography is still to be considered provisional. Additional information and a definitive bibliography will be given during the course.

Assessment methods and criteria

Module: PARTE I
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The exam will be oral. Students will also be asked exposure, over the last few lessons, a brief oral presentation (ca. 10-15 min.) focused on some aspect of the second chosen text.


Module: PARTE II
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The exam will be oral. Seminar-type, activities aimed at encouraging the active participation of the students, will be established during the course and will then incorporate the final evaluation.