Hispanic Crime Narritive

University of Galway

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Hispanic Crime Narritive

  • Host University

    University of Galway

  • Location

    Galway, Ireland

  • Area of Study

    Literature, Spanish

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    Students may not take this course if enrolled in SP338.

  • Course Level Recommendations


    ISA offers course level recommendations in an effort to facilitate the determination of course levels by credential evaluators.We advice each institution to have their own credentials evaluator make the final decision regrading course levels.

    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Course description: This course will begin with an overview of the development of the crime genre, introducing students to key writers and to critical theories on the genre. Then we will examine a range of Spanish-language texts from Argentina, Chile, Cuba and Spain that belong to different subgenres: Sábato, criminal psychology; Giménez Bartlett, Padura Fuentes, police procedural; Díaz Eterovic, hard-boiled P.I. We will also examine how Bolaño?s novel resists such classification. We will also consider the importance of setting (geographical, political and social) in these novels.

    Teaching and learning methods: The course is lecture-based. Methods of assessment and evaluation: Assessment is by means of an essay and additional coursework.

    Language of instruction: English

    Set Texts (compulsory reading):
    Roberto Bolaño, La pista de hielo, Anagrama Ramón Díaz Eterovic, Los siete hijos de Simenon, LOM (Chilean edition) [Also available from Casadellibro.com in a Seix Barral edition, 2001]
    Alicia Giménez Bartlett, Ritos de muerte, Planeta
    Leonadro Padura Fuentes, Paisaje de Otoño, Tusquets
    Ernesto Sábato, El túnel, Cátedra [Also available in a Seix Barral edition and EBOOK]

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.

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Please note that some courses with locals have recommended prerequisite courses. It is the student's responsibility to consult any recommended prerequisites prior to enrolling in their course.


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