1. Prerequisites *
At the start of this course the student should have acquired the following competences:
specific prerequisites for this course
Mastering the Spanish language fluently, both orally and written; knowledge of the most important contemporary Spanish and Spanish-American authors and of the main literature paradigms in Spain and Spanish-America.
2. Learning outcomes *
- The students have a thorough knowledge of the historical background of the Spanish and Spanish-American literature and of specific ideological key concepts in the discourse about Spain and Spanish-America (amongst others: civilization/barbarism).
- They are able to recognize and name the narratological techniques which compose literary texts.
- The students have gained insights in the literary process of representation.
- They are able to apply the taught research methods independently and at an advanced level.
- The students are able to report in correct and fluent Spanish (both orally and in writing) about their own original research on the contemporary Spanish and Spanish-American literature.
3. Course contents *
May vary from year to year, but always comprises a thorough methodology-based study of topics in contemporary Spanish and Spanish-American literature. The antagonism `civilization-barbarism' as well as the way in which these ideology-permeated concepts were and are treated in the Spanish and Spanish-American literature (conceived as a continuum) serve as guiding principles for this course. The relation utopia-dystopia, the representation of violence, and the creation of a literary space are the focal points. The main angles are the narratology, the history of ideas and cultural studies, albeit always applied to concrete texts.
• Thorough analysis of the apocalyptic component in the literature of the boom (La guerra del fin del mundo by Mario Vargas Llosa and `Apocalipsis de Solentiname' by Julio Cortázar)
• Violence and post-utopic concepts of space with Roberto Bolaño, Marcelo Cohen and Fernando Vallejo
• The dictator-novel of Ramón del Valle-Inclán to Alejo Carpentier.
• The representation of the Spanish Civil war in the literature of the exile.
4 International dimension*
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The course has an international dimension.
5. Teaching method and planned learning activities
Class contact teachingLecturesSeminars/Tutorials
6. Assessment method and criteria
ExaminationOral with written preparation
7. Study material *
7.1 Required reading
Reading list in 2009-2010:
Roberto Bolaño, Nocturno de Chile
Tununa Mercado, En estado de memoria
Juan José Saer, El entenado
Mario Vargas Llosa, La fiesta del chivo
7.2 Optional readingThe following study material can be studied voluntarily :