Lauro H Flores
Study of selected works from the sixteenth through the nineteenth century, with special emphasis on their historical and cultural relevance. Development of reading and writing skills. Prerequisite: either SPAN 301, SPAN 302, SPAN 303, 310, SPAN 314, SPAN 315, SPAN 316, or SPAN 330.
This course attempts to acquaint students with a broad spectrum of Latin-American auhtors and works. The enphasis is on narrative: short stories and two novels. The main focus is the thematic, formal and stylistic analysis of the works. Students can expect to learn how to read a literary work critically, using historical contextualization and close-text analyses, and how to write a coherent essay.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
Readings are assigned in advance. During the actual class meeting the instructor briefly introduces the author/work and posses questions to initiate the general discussion. Students' participation is welcome, encouraged, and required.
Read in advance, come to class with questions or comments prepared, and choose a topic for the final paper well in advance.
Class assignments and grading
There will be two reading-control quizzes and one final, 7-page essay.
Class participation and attendance; two quizzes; one final paper.