- Code SPAN3100
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics
- ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
- Course subject Spanish
- Areas of interest European Languages, World Literature, European Studies, Latin American Studies
- Academic career UGRD
- Dr Fabricio Tocco
- Mode of delivery Online or In Person
First Semester 2022
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In this course, we will read a variety of fictional narratives (novels, short novels and short stories) that use crime to talk about something else: violence and political power. The literary treatment of perfect crimes will work as a compass for us to read and discuss Hispanic literary masterpieces, as violence and political power are essential to understand narratives written throughout the Spanish-speaking world: from Colombia, Mexico and Argentina to Chile, Spain and Peru. We will see how these texts challenge a series of intersections: the pen and the sword, personification, personalism and depersonalization, aesthetical and political representation, mythology and history, masculinity and sovereignty. By analyzing the differences and similarities between these authors, we will engage with Hispanic history, politics and culture through the lens of fiction.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- analyse Hispanic culture through the lens of literary texts;
- present and discuss Hispanic cultural and literary topics in oral and written form;
- conduct research relevant to a Spanish and Latin American literature and culture and its socio-historical context, and present it in a coherent fashion; and
- use, integrate and apply relevant historical, ethnographic, political and sociological frameworks contained in the course materials and other sources.
- One-hour Midterm test (20) [LO 1,2,4]
- Oral presentation, 15min (20) [LO 1,2,3,4]
- Class engagement and participation (10) [LO 1,2]
- Shorter Final Paper (800 words) (20) [LO 1,2,3,4]
- Longer Final Paper (1500-2000 words) (30) [LO 1,2,3,4]
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130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 42 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 3.5 class hours per week, and
c) 6 hours of peer-to-peer group over 12 weeks to prepare oral presentation: 0.5 hours per week, and
b) 82 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.
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