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

Undergraduate Course: Reading Latin American Poetry (Ordinary) (ELCH09005)

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 poetry from Latin America. Its primary focus will be on developing the student's analytical and interpretive skills through close reading, but ample reference will also be made to the socio-cultural context and to wider literary movements to broaden the students? knowledge of the field of Latin American literature. The students will learn to express themselves in a coherent manner in both verbal and written form, and will gain an appreciation of the value of poetry and of the problems peculiar to reading, interpreting and indeed defining poetry as opposed to other literary genres.
Course description Not entered
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements Ordinary students and visiting students only
Additional Costs Primary course texts, approx. £60
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
Not being delivered
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Develop analytical and interpretive skills through close reading of a range of poetry from Latin America.
  2. Understand the socio-cultural context and wider literary movements associated with Latin American poetry.
  3. Reflect critically and make judgements in light of evidence and argument.
  4. Extract and synthesise key information from written and spoken sources.
Reading List
Since the focus will be on a detailed, close reading approach, the number of poems covered in any one seminar will be limited, but for the exam, the students will be required to have read the full text in each case.

Rubén Darío ¿ Cantos de vida y de esperanza (Debolsillo, 2004)
Alfonsina Storni ¿ Selección poética de Alfonsina Storni (Diana, 1999)
Pablo Neruda ¿ Canto General (Debolsillo, 2004)
Octavio Paz ¿ Libertad bajo palabra: Poesía 1935-57 (Cátedra, 1990)
Gioconda Belli ¿ El ojo de la mujer (Visor, 2001)
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsLatin America,Spanish America,Poetry,Literature
Course organiserDr Fiona Mackintosh
Tel: (0131 6)50 8303
Course secretaryMiss Fiona Jack
Tel: (0131 6)50 3635
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