Introduction to Hispanic Literature

HISP-S328 - Prof. Dinverno — fall 2022

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Melissa Dinverno
BH 344
Days and Times
TR 3:00P - 4:15P
Course Description

Prerequisite:  S280 or Consent of the Department

This course introduces the analysis of Hispanic literary texts and film through works by some the most important writers/filmmakers in 20th – 21st century Hispanic culture. It focuses on critical reading and literary analysis as a way of gaining a more complex understanding of literature and other cultural forms (e.g., music, film, television, etc.). We will learn how to read critically and creatively, analyzing the strategies that different authors use to express their ideas, create their literary and filmic worlds, and engage and persuade the reader on issues including gender and sexuality, the transformative power of language and literature, race and identity, traumatic experience and transitional justice, and the complexity of family relationships. Our writers/directors hail from Cuba, the U.S., Mexico, Chile, and Spain.

As an introduction, the class will familiarize you with the basic tools for analyzing film and three literary genres: narrative, poetry, and drama. We will question the limits of textual interpretation (What is the difference between opinion and interpretation? Is any interpretation of a text valid?) and work towards producing readings that are creative, insightful, and grounded. The course especially emphasizes building your interpretations through active class discussion and argumentative writing in Spanish.

This class gives you ample opportunity to better debate and discuss your ideas in Spanish, helps you hone your reading and writing skills in Spanish, prepares you for study abroad and/or more advanced classes in literature and cultural studies, and empowers you to be a more critical and creative thinker across the board, no matter your major.

This course carries CASE AH and CASE GCC distribution credit.

HISP-S 328  # 9306       3:00P - 4:15P         TR            BH 344        Prof. Melissa Dinverno

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