Spanish American language, literature and culture (2019/2020)

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 (Lingue e letterature straniere) Luca Salvi
PARTE II 3 L-LIN/06-LATIN AMERICAN LANGUAGES AND LITERATURES I semestre (Lingue e letterature straniere) Luca Salvi

Learning outcomes

The main educational objective of the course within the Bachelor’s Degree in Languages and Cultures for Tourism and International Commerce is the acquisition by the student of an appropriate knowledge of the Spanish-American cultures, with particular attention to the literary, historical and geographic-anthropological dimensions.

The expected learning outcomes are as follows:

- Knowledge and understanding: solid preparation on the culture of geographical areas and periods in program, as well as on historical and anthropological fields;
- “Applied” knowledge and understanding: the student will acquire the methodologies required to understand, in an historical and comparative perspective, complex texts of a certain length and implicit meanings;
- Autonomy of judgment: the student must know how to collect and interpret cultural, historical, geographical and anthropological data useful to orally argue and write relevant texts in the chosen address;
- Communication skills: at the end of the course the student must have acquired the ability to express and argue about the teaching contents both in written and oral form in Spanish;
- Learning skills: students must have developed sufficient self-learning skills to take a conscious approach to the world of work or to the continuation of their studies.


FIRST PART – Writing the difference. Colonial Hispanic-American Litterature (36 hours of frontal lessons)

1. Hispanic-American culture and literature: an introduction
2. The plurality of the Hispanic-American culture
3. The Spanish Conquest as the base of the Hispanic-American identity
4. The XXth Century novel and the re-writing of the Colonial period: “El arpa y la sombra” by Alejo Carpentier
5. The beginnings of the colonial discourse: the “Diarios” by Cristóbal Colón and the Pané’s “Relación”
6. The discursive variety of the Cronicas: models and methodology
7. Writing the conquest: Hernán Cortés and Bernal Díaz del Castillo
8. The dissident chronicles: Bartolomé de Las Casas
9. The peripherical chronicles: Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca
10. The mestizo chronicles: Inca Garcilaso de la Vega
11. The baroque culture and the creole literature
12. Other models of writing: the XVIIIth century historiography

SECOND PART – Hispanic-American Testimonial Literature

1. The Hispanic-American testimonial literature and the European testimonial discourse: similarities and differences
2. Testimony and subalternity: “Biografía de un cimarrón” by Miguel Barnet
3. Testimony and journalism: “Operación masacre” by Rodolfo Walsh
4. Collective witnessing: “La noche de Tlatelolco” by Elena Poniatowska
5. Between political repression and writing of the self: “Oblivion” by Edda Fabbri

Assessment methods and criteria

Oral exam in Spanish and middle term written exam. The student should demonstrate to have acquired the ability to critically read the texts in the program, using the theoretical tools provided during the lessons. The student will also be required to contextualize specific texts in the historical-cultural context of the American colonial era, being able to establish the necessary links with the European culture.
In order to be examined, students must have passed the first-year exams of Spanish literature and language.

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Miguel Barnet Biografía de un cimarrón  
Mercedes Serna Crónicas de Indias Cátedra 2000
L. Salvi Dispensa Prima parte A.A. 2019/2020 2019
L. Salvi Dispensa Seconda parte A.A. 2019/2020 2019
Alejo Carpentier El arpa y la sombra  
Emilia Perassi Itinerari di cultura ispanoamericana. Ritorno alle origini e ritorno delle origini UTET 2011
Elena Poniatowska La noche de Tlatelolco  
Edda Fabbri Oblivion  
Rodolfo Walsh Operación masacre  
Rolena Adorno “Textos imborrables: posiciones simultáneas y sucesivas del sujeto colonial” (Edizione 41) Revista de crítica literaria latinoamericana 1995