Themes, forms and genres of Spanish-American literature (2020/2021)

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Luca Salvi
Luca Salvi
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II semestre (Lingue e letterature straniere) dal Feb 15, 2021 al May 29, 2021.

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Learning outcomes

The main educational objective of the Master’s Degree in Comparative European and Non-European Languages and Literatures is to provide specialized comparative preparation of Spanish-American literature in its critical and interpretation of the text methodologies. The skills and abilities acquired will turn to interdisciplinary approaches, to the study of critical methodologies concerning reading, translation and critical analysis of texts in foreign languages and to high-level written production. In this way, the student will acquire skills in Spanish language presentation, both in terms of content and critical processes in intertextual and intercultural contexts, also in view of a possible high level professional approach and further developments in the academic field, such as the PhD. The expected learning outcomes are as follows: - Knowledge and understanding: at the end of the course the student must have acquired advanced knowledge about the Hispano-American literary and cultural history in its various expressions: in the forms, in the genres and in the critical perspectives; - “Applied” knowledge and understanding: the student must be able to apply the historical-literary knowledge and the theoretical, didactic and methodological tools ac-quired in the professional fields of research, teaching of languages and literatures, translation and literary dissemination, international cooperation and cultural promotion; - Autonomy of judgment: the student must have developed a good ability to manage the knowledge acquired in order to carry out research, activities and evaluations related to the Spanish-American literature in its critical and interpretation of the text methodologies with autonomy of judgment; - Communication skills: students must have acquired those skills that enable them to fluently use the Spanish language to argue in a clear and articulate way the teaching contents in both written and oral form; - Learning skills: students must have acquired useful skills to access, with a high degree of autonomy, higher-level linguistic and literary studies such as Specialization Courses, Masters and PhDs.


The Hispanic-American colonial literature

1) The discovery of the Indies and the encounter with the Other. Effects of the discovery in the European culture.
2) The writing of the discovery. Cristobal Colón and Ramón Pané.
3) The Chronicles of Conquest: Hernán Cortés and Bernal Díaz del Castillo
4) The dissident chronicle and the criticism of the conquest: from the Montesinos' Sermon to Bartolomé de Las Casas
5) The peripheral chronicles: Cabeza de Vaca, Catalina de Erauso, Fray Marcos de Niza
6) The mestizo and indigenous chronicle: the vision of the defeated. The Inca Garcilaso de La Vega
7) The Baroque culture: the case of Carlos de Sigüenza y Góngora.

La literatura colonial hispano-americana

1) El descubrimiento de las Indias y el hallazgo del Otro. Repercusiones del descubrimiento en la cultura europea
2) Las escrituras del descubrimiento: Cristobal Colón y Fray Ramón Pané
3) Las crónicas de la conquista: Hernán Cortés y Bernal Díaz del Castillo
4) La crónica disidiente y las críticas de la conquista. Desde el Sermón de Montesinos a la «Brevísima» de Las Casas
5) La crónica periférica: Cabeza de Vaca, Catalina de Erauso, Fray Marcos de Niza
6) La crónica indígena y mestiza. La voz de los vencidos. Los «Comentarios reales» del Inca Garcilaso de la Vega
7) La cultura barroca: el caso de Carlos de Sigüenza y Góngora

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Bartolomé de Las Casas Brevísima relación de la destrucción de las Indias  
Cristobal Colón Carta a Luis de Santángel  
Hernán Cortés Cartas de relación  
Garcilaso de La Vega Comentarios reales de los incas  
Mercedes Serna Crónicas de Indias Cátedra 2000
Tzvetan Todorov La conquista dell'America Einaudi  
Alvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca Los naufragios  
Carlos de Sigüenza y Góngora Obras históricas FCE  
Ramón Pané Relación acerca de las antigüedades de los indios  
Bernal Díaz del Castillo Verdadera historia de la conquista de la Nueva España  

Assessment methods and criteria

Written and oral exam in spanish.

Examen escrito y oral en español.