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Anna B. Witte
SPAN 308
Seattle Campus

Introduction to Latin American Literature: Independence to the Present

Study of selected works of twentieth-century Latin American literature and their sociohistorical context. Development of reading and writing skills. Prerequisite: either SPAN 301, SPAN 302, SPAN 303, 310, SPAN 314, SPAN 315, SPAN 316, or SPAN 330.

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SPAN 308 Winter 2012

Instructor: Dr. Anna Witte Office: Padelford B-233 E-mail address: annaw3@uw.edu Office Hours: Fridays, 12:00 to 1:20 and by appt.

Course content and objectives SPAN 308 offers an introduction to the history of Latin American literature in Spanish. The course is structured as a survey spanning several time periods and literary movements from the first decades after independence of the Latin American colonies from Spain to the radical innovations of the Avant-Garde in the first half of the 20th century up to the literature of the Post-Boom, ending with a selection of contemporary voices on the Latin/o American literary scene. Students will read, analyze, and discuss a broad selection of texts by canonical authors paying particular attention to their historical and literary context. This course aims to offer students a general overview of the literary history of the region. In doing so, it will also help students further improve their analytical skills as well as their writing and speaking abilities in Spanish. Class will be conducted entirely in Spanish. Textbook: Teresa M้ndez-Faith (Ed) Panoramas literarios: Am้rica Hispana. 2nd. Ed. Houghton Mifflin, 2004

Evaluation: Preparation & 2 exams..………….40% participation: …………15% Book report…….....20% Essay ………………25%

Preparation and Participation: This class is centered on class discussions of the readings. Attendance and participation are thus required. Students are expected to arrive on time, be fully prepared for each class, and participate actively. You will be evaluated on both the quality and frequency of your participation in class. Class participation should reflect not only careful reading of the assigned texts but also readiness to discuss them in class and to answer questions in writing.

Exams: There will be two fifty-minute exams on text comprehension (questions will be on content, vocabulary, and text identification). Please check the syllabus carefully and make sure you have no scheduling conflicts on those dates.

Book report: Each student will be responsible for a bibliographical search in the UW libraries. You will select a book on a particular topic related to the topic of your final essay, read it, take notes on it and present a five to six minute book report in class, discussing its content and the importance of this book for your paper. Only print editions are acceptable for this project. Final essay: Students will write one final analytical paper on a topic and texts assigned by the instructor. This essay must include a bibliography and be between 850 and 1000 words in length (12 point font, one inch margins, Times New Roman).

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Last Update by Anna B. Witte
Date: 12/28/2011