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Lauro H Flores
SPAN 307
Seattle Campus

Introduction to Latin American Literature: Colonial Era through Early Independence

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.

Class description

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.

Recommended preparation

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.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Lauro H Flores
Date: 12/11/2003