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DRPS : Course Catalogue : School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures : European Languages and Cultures - Hispanic Studies

Undergraduate Course: 20th Century Latin American Women's Writing (Ordinary) (ELCH09004)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 9 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course aims to give the student knowledge of a representative sample of twentieth-century women's writing from Latin America, based mainly around the novel but also incorporating some short stories. In limiting the course material by gender, the focus will be on giving the student insight into, and understanding of, key cultural and theoretical issues regarding the woman writer, such as ghettoisation and l'ecriture feminine.
Course description The course covers texts from Mexico, Argentina, Uruguay, Chile and Nicaragua.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements Ordinary and visiting students only.
Additional Costs Primary course texts, approx. 40 pounds
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesThis course is taught in Spanish. In order to be eligible to take 4th Year Options, Visiting Students should have the equivalent of at least two years of study at University level of the appropriate language(s) and culture(s).
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2017/18, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  4
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 22, Summative Assessment Hours 3, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 171 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 70 %, Coursework 30 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Formative assessment - one commentary.
Summative assessment - 30% coursework literature essay of 1500 words; 70% take home exam consisting of one essay. Students may not write in the exam on material covered by their coursework.
Feedback Not entered
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate sound knowledge and understanding of the chosen specialism(s)
  2. Recognise and acknowledge the complexity of the subject
  3. Show an understanding of and apply competently relevant concepts and theories.
  4. Construct coherent arguments which demonstrate an awareness of the problems posed by the texts/issues studied.
  5. Demonstrate a high level of expression in both written and oral presentations and to offer alternative perspectives and show an awareness of contrasting viewpoints.
Reading List
Primary texts:

The texts will be studied in the order listed below.

¿ Short fiction by Spanish-American women, ed. Evelyn Fishburn. (Manchester University Press, 1998) [Comprises 5 short stories by Bombal (Chile), Somers (Uruguay), Castellanos (Mexico), Ferré (Puerto Rico) and Ocampo (Argentina) plus introduction and critical material]
¿ Rosario Castellanos ¿ Balún Canán (Fondo de Cultura Económica, 2004)
¿ Luisa Valenzuela (Argentina) ¿ Novela negra con argentinos (Sudamericana, 1991)
¿ Gioconda Belli (Nicaragua) ¿ La mujer habitada (Emecé/Seix Barral, 2006)
¿ Claudia Piñeiro (Argentina) ¿ Elena sabe (Buenos Aires: Alfaguara, 2007)
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Course organiserDr Fiona Mackintosh
Tel: (0131 6)50 8303
Course secretaryMiss Fiona Jack
Tel: (0131 6)50 3635
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