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

Course code
Luca Salvi
Academic sector
Language of instruction
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 3 I semestre (Lingue e letterature straniere) Luca Salvi

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Learning outcomes

The main educational objective of the course 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

MM: Parte 2
The Hispanic-American Modernism 1) The beginnings of Modernism in Hispanoamerica: the socio-cultural context and cultural influences (philosophy and literature) 2) The precursors of Modernism: Martí, Nájera, Silva, Casal and González Prada 3) Rubén Darío and the consolidation of the modernist aesthetics 4) The modernist wave and post-modernist experiments 5) Poetry: aesthetic, stylistic, imaginaries 6) The modernist novel: the case of De sobremesa by José Asunción Silva 7) The modernist tale: Azul ... by Rubén Darío 8) The political and philosophical essay: Ariel by José Enrique Rodó El Modernismo hispanoamericano 1) Los inicios del Modernismo en Hispanoamérica: contexto socio-cultural e influencias culturales (filosofía y literatura) 2) Los precursores del Modernismo: Martí, Silva, Nájera, Casal y González Prada 3) Rubén Darío y la consolidación de la estética modernista 4) La ola modernista y los experimentos post-modernistas 5) La poesía modernista: estética, estilística, imaginarios 6) La novela modernista: el caso de De sobremesa de José Asunción Silva 7) El cuento modernista: Azul… de Robén Darío 8) El ensayo: Ariel de José Enrique Rodó

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 José Enrique Rodó Ariel  
Parte 2 Rubén Darío Azul...  
Parte 2 José Asunción Silva De sobremesa  
Parte 2 Rafael Gutiérrez Girardot Modernismo. Supuestos históricos y culturales FCE