Spanish American language, literature and culture (2020/2021)

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Luca Salvi
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    Teaching is organised as follows:
    Activity Credits Period Academic staff Timetable
    Parte 1 3 I semestre (Lingue e letterature straniere) Luca Salvi

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    Parte 2 6 I semestre (Lingue e letterature straniere) Luca Salvi

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    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.


    MM: Parte 1
    1) The Hispano-American colonial era: cultural aspects and literary manifestations: Discovery and Conquest. The chronicle. The indigenous and mestizo discourse. American Baroque: Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz and Carlos de Sigüenza y Góngora 2) Towards the national independences: between Romanticism and Neoclassicism: two authors: Andrés Bello and José María Heredía. The generation of "proscritos" in Argentina: Echeverría and Sarmiento 3) Hispano-American Modernism: themes, main problems, protagonists 4) The Mexican Revolution: historical introduction and literary manifestations 5) Regionalism, realism and naturalism: the new American novel 6) The Hispano-American avant-gardes through four voices: Huidobro, Neruda, Vallejo and Girondo. 7) The neo-avant-garde: Cortázar, Paz, Lezama Lima 8) The Hispano-American «Boom»: García Márquez, Vargas Llosa, Carlos Fuentes
    MM: Parte 2
    Indigenous cultures and modern imaginaries . A journey on the twentieth-century Hispano-American novel 1) The pre-Hispanic indigenous cultures 2) The colonial encounter: imaginaries and writings 3) Looks on the Other: the twentieth-century Hispano-American novel 4) Rationalism and magic in Miguel Ángel Asturias' Maladrón 5) Paths of identity in Los ríos profundos by José María Arguedas 6) Becoming the Other: El entenado by Juan José Saer 7) Blanqueamientos and transculturations: El hablador by Mario Vargas Llosa Culturas indígenas e imaginarios modernos: una mirada a la novela hispanoamericana del siglo XX 1) Las culturas indígenas prehispanicas 2) El encuentro colonial: imaginarios y escrituras 3) Miradas hacie el Otro: la novela hispanoamericana del siglo XX 4) Racionalismo y magia en Maladrón de Miguel Ángel Asturias 5) Recorridos de la identidad en Los ríos profundos de José María Arguedas 6) Volverse el Otro: el entenado de Juan José Saer 7) Blanqueamientos y transculturaciones: El hablador de Mario Vargas Llosa

    Assessment methods and criteria

    Written and oral exam. Passing the written test is mandatory for taking the oral part on the second part.

    Reference books
    Activity Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
    Parte 1 Emilia Perassi Itinerari di cultura ispanoamericana. Ritorno alle origini e ritorno delle origini UTET 2011
    Parte 2 Juan José Saer El entenado  
    Parte 2 Mario Vargas Llosa El hablador  
    Parte 2 José María Arguedas Los ríos profundos Cátedra  
    Parte 2 Miguel Ángel Asturias Maladrón Alianza Editorial  
    Parte 2 Roberto González Echeverría Mito y archivo. Una teoría de la narrativa latinoamericana Fondo de Cultura Económica 2011