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

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Name of lecturer
Luca Salvi
Number of ECTS credits allocated
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I semestre (Lingue e letterature straniere) dal Sep 30, 2019 al Jan 11, 2020.

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Lesson timetable

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Learning outcomes

At the end of the course students are expected to:

• Know the fundamental moments of Hispanic-American literary and cultural history from the colonial period to the 20th century;
• Be able to apply the critical and methodological tools offered during the lessons to the analysis of the planned texts;
• Be able to elaborate and consistently disclose independent judgments about the main issues of the course.

Al final del curso el estudiante tendrá que:

• Conocer los momentos fundamentales de la historia literaria y cultural hispanoamericana, desde el período colonial hasta el siglo XX;
• Poder aplicar al análisis de los textos en programa las herramientas críticas y metodológicas proporcionadas en clase;
• Poder elaborar juicios coherentes y personales alrededor de los principales problemas tratados a lo largo del curso.


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

PRIMERA PARTE – Escribir la diferencia. La literatura colonial hispanoamericana (36 horas de clases frontales)

1. Introducción a la cultura y a la literatura hispanoamericanas
2. La pluralidad cultural hispanoamericana
3. La conquista española como base de la identidad hispanoamericana
4. La novela del siglo XX y la re-escritura de la época colonial: “El arpa y la sombra” de Alejo Carpentier
5. Los inicios del discurso colonial: los “Diarios” de Colón y la “Relación” de Pané
6. La variedad discursiva de la crónica: modelos y metodologías
7. Las escrituras de la conquista: Hernán Cortés y Bernal Díaz del Castillo
8. La crónica disidente: Bartolomé De las Casas
9. La crónica periférica: Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca
10. La crónica mestiza: el Inca Garcilaso de la Vega
11. La cultura barroca y la literatura criolla
12. Otros modelos de escritura: la historiografía del siglo XVIII

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Mercedes Serna Crónicas de Indias Cátedra 2000
L. Salvi Dispensa Prima 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
Rolena Adorno “Textos imborrables: posiciones simultáneas y sucesivas del sujeto colonial” (Edizione 41) Revista de crítica literaria latinoamericana 1995

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.