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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 (ELCH10021)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
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
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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
Leopoldo Lugones, ¿El problema feminista¿ (1919) [pdf in Learn]

Dossier of poems chosen from: Adela Zamudio (Bolivia) ¿Nacer hombre¿; Consuelo Hernández (Colombian American) ¿La inmigrante¿ from Poemas migrantes; Victoria Santa Cruz (Peru) ¿Me gritaron negra¿; Ida Vitale (Uruguay) ¿La palabra¿; Gabriela Mistral (Chile) ¿La otra¿ from Tala; Lagar; Raquel Rivas Rojas (Venezuela) ¿Abandonos¿ [poems supplied in Learn]

Alfonsina Storni (Argentina) ¿ Selection from Intervenciones; Bocetos femeninos from Alfonsina Storni, Obras (Buenos Aires: Losada, 2002) Volume/Tomo II, pp. 789-1007 [scanned in Learn]

Rosario Castellanos (Mexico), ¿Lección de cocina¿ from Short fiction by Spanish-American women, ed. Evelyn Fishburn (Manchester University Press, 1998)

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 Kat Zabecka
Tel: (0131 6)50 4026
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