SPAN6322 Contemporary Mexican Literature

Course Description

This course is a comprehensive study of the principal literary trends authors and works of contemporary Mexico and will include works by Juan Rulfo Carlos Fuentes Elena Garro Rosario Castellanos Elena Poniatowska and Laura Esquivel.

Course Credits: 3

Student Learning Outcomes

 At the end of this course, the student should be able to:

  • Have an informed understanding of key frameworks, concepts, arguments, topics, questions, and history informing Mexican literature. Discuss the cultural and historical forces driving common fictional representation of the Mexican literature.
  • Understand the different phases in the interpretation of the Mexican culture, citing specific examples of literary production written during the nineties, and the beginning of the 21st century, with an eye to the contemporary political or socio-cultural concerns of their authors.
  • Improve his/her ability to express ideas in clear and logical ways -- both in written and oral forms.
  • Respond critically to all course material, using analysis, close reading, comparison, and evaluation.
  • Analyze Mexican literature by drawing upon the many cultural, theoretical, and gendered analyses covered in this class.
  • Think, discuss, and write about abstract topics in Spanish with increased fluency and ease.