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Lauro H Flores
SPAN 484
Seattle Campus

Latin American Literature: Modernismo to the Present

Principal literary movements of Latin America, late nineteenth century to the present, with particular emphasis on poetry and narrative: modernismo, postmodernismo, the vanguard, nueva and novisima narrativa. Includes essays and autobiographical writings to help place the literary works in socio-historical perspective. Prerequisite: either SPAN 303, SPAN 316, or SPAN 330; SPAN 321; SPAN 322; either SPAN 304, SPAN 305, SPAN 306, SPAN 307, SPAN 308, SPAN 319, SPAN 339, SPAN 340, SPAN 350, SPAN 351, SPAN 352, SPAN 394, or SPAN 395.

Class description

Este curso intenta presentar una visión panorámica del desarrollo de la literatura hispanoamericana, desde la independencia hasta la época actual. En la medida que el programa lo permite, se cubren las principales etapas y movimientos--así como distintos países--a través de obras y figuras representativas. Los materiales que se estudian enfocan sobre todo lírica y narrativa. El curso (lecturas primarias, discusiones en clase y trabajos requeridos) se conducirá enteramente en castellanoEn la medida que el programa lo permite, se cubren las principales etapas y movimientos--así como distintos países--a través de obras y figuras representativas. Los materiales que se estudian enfocan sobre todo lírica y narrativa. El curso (lecturas primarias, discusiones en clase y trabajos requeridos) se conducirá enteramente en castellano

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Combination of instructor´s lectures and students´questions and comments. The instructor will make a general introduction at the beginning of the course and before each segment thereafter, as otulined in the course calendar. Students´ questions and comments are welcome at any time. Students will also be organized into several groups and asked to make a brief oral presentation on a particular aspect of one of the authors or texts under consideration.

Recommended preparation

Students are expected to read all the assigned materials, to be prepared for and to participate in class discussions, and to turn in assignments on a timely basis. Because of the speed of the quarter system, it is a good idea to read ahead of time as much as possible. It is also a good idea to identify, as soon as possible, a problem related to a particular text (or two, if the comparative approach is appealing to the student) that will serve as the basis for the final paper.

Class assignments and grading

Written and oral assignments. One midterm essay, one oral presentation, and one final paper.

1) Attendance and active participation in the class discussions; 2) One midterm essay; 3) One oral presentation; 4) 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: 06/27/2003