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Undergraduate Course: 20th Century Latin American Women's Writing (ELCH10021)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course aims to give the student knowledge of a representative sample of women's writing from Latin America, based mainly around the novel but also incorporating some short stories and journalism. 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 in particular, such as ghettoization and l'écriture feminine through styles ranging from lyrical and erotic to black humour and biting social criticism. The course also aims to develop the student's skills in reading, analysing and interpreting literary texts written in Spanish, as well as encouraging the student to go on and explore for her/himself the enormous wealth and diversity of Latin American literature.
Course description The course covers works from Mexico, Argentina, Uruguay, Chile and Nicaragua.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements Entry to Spanish Hons required.
Additional Costs Primary course texts, approx. 60 Pounds
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2017/18, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  15
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 2000 words; 70% 2-hour exam consisting of 2 essays. Students may not write in the exam on material covered by their coursework.
Feedback Students will receive formative written feedback on their commentary, and written feedback on their essays.
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)2:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demostrate their skills in reading, analysing and interpreting literature in Spanish and gain the necessary skills to discuss issues relating specifically to women's writing in a theoretically sophisticated and informed manner.
  2. Contrast different ways in which Latin American women writers have addressed questions of gender and writing and be able to offer from their readings of the prescribed texts observations about the appropriateness of various feminist models and theories in the diverse Latin American context.
  3. Present the above in written and oral form, with reference to a broad range of secondary sources.
Reading List
Alfonsina Storni - 'Intervenciones; Bocetos femeninos' from Obras completas, Vol. 2 (Buenos Aires: Losada, 2002), pp. 789-1007
Short fiction by Spanish-American women, ed. Evelyn Fishburn (Manchester University Press, 1998) [Comprises 5 short stories by María Luisa Bombal (Chile), Armonía Somers (Uruguay), Rosario Castellanos (Mexico), Rosario Ferré (Puerto Rico) and Silvina Ocampo (Argentina), plus introduction and critical material]
Rosario Castellanos Balún Canán (Fondo de Cultura Económica, 2004)
Gioconda Belli (Nicaragua) La mujer habitada (Emecé/Seix Barral, 2006)
Claudia Piñeiro (Argentina) Elena sabe (Buenos Aires: Alfaguara, 2007)
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Additional Class Delivery Information 10 2 hour tutorials.
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserDr Fiona Mackintosh
Tel: (0131 6)50 8303
Course secretaryMiss Fiona Jack
Tel: (0131 6)50 3635
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