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SN3112 Spanish American Literature: An Overview

Terms 1 and 2

Convenor: Dr Arantza Mayo and Dr Olivia Vázquez-Medina


Coursework (100%) 

The course is assessed through one long essay (80%) and an oral presentation (20%).

Essays may be written in English or Spanish. No extra points will be awarded for writing in Spanish. The oral presentation must be done in Spanish.


This course provides a broad overview of Spanish American literature from the colonial and/or post-colonial periods. A changing selection of representative authors and texts will be studied each year, covering different literary genres. Please note that the course is entirely taught in Spanish and class discussions will be carried out in the target language.

Classes combine lecture-based sessions with seminar-style meetings. Students are expected to have read the set texts in advance of each meeting and to participate in discussion.

All students are expected to read the set texts in Spanish. 

Key Primary Bibliography

The primary bibliography for the session 2014-2015 will be communicated to pre-registered students over the summer.

Texts and authors may include:

  • Felipe Guamán Poma de Ayala, Primer nueva corónica y buen gobierno
  • Inca Garcilaso de la Vega, Comentarios reales
  • Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, Respuesta a Sor Filotea de la Cruz
  • Colonial villancicos (selection of texts from Mexico, Charcas, Cuzco, Lima)
  • Jaime Saenz
  • Rosario Castellanos
  • Juan Rulfo, Pedro Páramo
  • César Aira
  • Alejandra Pizarnik
  • Luisa Valenzuela
  • Cristina Rivera Garza

    Secondary Literature: General, Theoretical, Introductory

    Specialised critical bibliographies will be made available to you.

    Bell, Steven M. and Albert H. Le may, eds. Critical Theory, Cultural Politics and Latin American Narrative. Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press, 1993.

    González Echevarría, Roberto and Enrique Pupo Walker. The Cambridge History of Latin American Literature. Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press, 1996.

    Hart, Stephen. A Companion to Spanish American Literature. Woolbridge: Tamesis, 1999.

    Pastor, Brígida and Lloyd Hughes Davies. A Companion to Latin American Women Writers. Woolbridge: Tamesis, 2012.

    Williamson, Edwin. The Penguin History of Latin America. London: Penguin, 2010


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