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

Postgraduate Course: History and the Writer in Latin America (ELCH11012)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThe aim of this option is to examine how writers interpret historical experience in the search for a distinctive cultural identity in Latin America. Texts have been chosen to illustrate outstanding historical issues and to reflect the regional and ethnic diversity of Latin America. Particular attention will be paid to the way in which formal innovations have arisen from efforts to find an authentic voice which might reflect collective as well as individual experience. The option will also explore how many writers have chosen to use fantastic elements to challenge the conventions of literary realism and thereby express other perceptions of historical reality.
Course description The aim of this option is to examine how writers interpret historical experience in the search for a distinctive cultural identity in Latin America. Texts have been chosen to illustrate outstanding historical issues and to reflect the regional and ethnic diversity of Latin America. Particular attention will be paid to the way in which formal innovations have arisen from efforts to find an authentic voice which might reflect collective as well as individual experience. The option will also explore how many writers have chosen to use fantastic elements to challenge the conventions of literary realism and thereby express other perceptions of historical reality.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2017/18, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  2
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 22, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 174 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 4000 word essay (100%)
Feedback Formative: Oral presentation in class. Oral feedback.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Understand how writers interpret historical experience in Spanish America.
  2. Reflect critically and make judgements in light of evidence and argument.
  3. Extract and synthesise key information from written and spoken sources.
Reading List
Rómulo Gallegos (Venezuela), Doña Bárbara (Cátedra)
Carlos Fuentes (Mexico), La muerte de Artemio Cruz (Cátedra)
Miguel Ángel Asturias (Guatemala), El señor presidente (Cátedra)
Alejo Carpentier (Cuba), El siglo de las luces (European Schoolbooks)
Gabriel García Márquez (Colombia), Cien años de soledad (Cátedra)
Isabel Allende (Chile), La casa de los espíritus (European Schoolbooks)
Marta Traba (Argentina) Conversación al sur (Siglo XXI)

Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsNot entered
Contacts
Course organiserDr Iona Macintyre
Tel: (0131 6)50 3641
Email: iona.macintyre@ed.ac.uk
Course secretaryMiss Kara Mccormack
Tel: (0131 6)50 3030
Email: Kara.McCormack@ed.ac.uk
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