Nobel Prizes in Spanish and Latin American Literature: A Critical Approach (in English)
Universidad Pablo de Olavide
Area of Study
European Studies, Literature
Taught In English
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Recommended U.S. Semester Credits3
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units4
Hours & Credits
OverviewAnually since its foundation, the Nobel Prize in literature has awarded thecontributions of men and women from many different languages and cultures.However, its history is one of controversy: major authors have been ignored by theSwedish Academy. The aim of this course is to analyze the life and the works of theSpanish and Latin American Literature Nobel Prize Winners and the reasons for theAcademy?s choices. The study will be carried out from a critical and comparativeperspective within a historical and literary context. In this way, The Generation of 1927,Post-Spanish Civil War narrative or Magical Realism among other great literarytendencies will be included.PrerequisitesNone.Course Goals and MethodologyLectures will have both a theoretical component and a practical component. Onone hand, a set of master classes from the professor and on the other hand, in-classdebates and activities about the readings that will be carried out by students. For thisreason it is very important to read the texts before classes begin. After each unit,students will take a quiz (multiple choice) about the corresponding texts, in which theymust demonstrate their acquired understanding of the subject matter.At the end of the semester, students must turn in an essay about the followingtopic: ?One day Nobel Academy member?. Essays must be turned in typewritten,double-space, Times New Roman, font size 12, with a length of 7? 8 pages (includingbibliography).The professor will explain the rules and policies of the essay at the beginning ofthe course.Orthographical errors in submitted essays will not be permitted. Regarding thestudents´ bibliography, all sources should be specified with total clarity. The use ofWikipedia will not be permitted. If there is any doubt how to attribute or cite sources,please consult with the professor. The use of the ?author-date? system or footnotes atthe bottom of the page will be acceptable.Required TextsAll materials will be provided by the professor during the course (selections of texts,theory, videos, power points, web sites etc.)In addition, the following books must be read:Cela, Camilo José, The Hive, The review of Contemporary Fiction, 2001.Jiménez, Juan Ramón, Platero y yo / Platero and I (ed. bilingüe español-inglés), Dover,2004.WEBSLinks and recommended sources on the official website: www.nobelprize.org?The Great Galeoto?: https://archive.org/details/greatgaleotodram00echeGeneral Course Policies-Please keep your cell phones turned off during class.-Strictly no food to be consumed in class.Course Requirements and GradingOral participation will be very important for success in this course. The goal isthat every student actively participates in every class meeting. Students attendance willbe checked daily.The final grade is broken down as follows:Participation 30%:Essay 25%Partial Exam 20%Final Exam 25%Late submissions of homework, activities, or essays will not be allowed. If forsome reason, students cannot turn in the written homework in a punctual manner, he /she should turn it in before, but never after. It is not allowed to submit items by e-mail(except for obvious and justifiable reasons).The participation grade will include the on time submission of all writtenassignments and exams, and active involvement in class discussions.*Very important: students who do not turn in their homework on time cannotreceive a ?10? in the participation grade.Attendance and PunctualityAttendance is mandatory. More than 3 unexcused absences will result in thelowering of the final grade. Students with more than 2 such absences may notchallenge the final grade received. Punctuality is required ? lateness will be penalisedby 0.5 (over 15 mins) or 1 absence (over 30mins). Students who were absence formedical reasons, must submit a physician note upon their return to class. Students whomiss class, regardless of reason, must contact their professor in order to find out whichmaterial they have missed.Missed or Late WorkUnless otherwise stated, all assignments must be typed according to theguidelines given and must be submitted at the beginning of each class, or the giventime if submitted online. No late assignments will be graded, unless it is due to anexcused absence (usually medical). Missed or late work will be automatically given azero.Academic DishonestyAcademic integrity is a guiding principle for all academic activity at Pablo deOlavide University. Cheating on exams and plagiarism (which includes copying fromthe internet) are clear violations of academic honesty. A student is guilty of plagiarismwhen he or she presents another person?s intellectual property as his or her own. Thepenalty for plagiarism and cheating is a failing grade for the assignment/exam and afailing grade for the course. Avoid plagiarism by citing sources properly (usingfootnotes or endnotes and a bibliography).Students with DisabilitiesIf you have a disability that requires special academic accommodation, pleasespeak to your professor within the first three (3) weeks of the semester in order todiscuss any adjustments. It is the student's responsibility to provide the InternationalCenter with documentation confirming the disability and the accommodations required(if you have provided this to your study abroad organization, they have most likelyinformed the International Center already but please confirm).Behavior PolicyStudents are expected to show integrity and act in a professional and respectfulmanner at all times. A student?s attitude in class may influence his/her participationgrade. The professor has a right to ask a student to leave the classroom if the studentis unruly or appears intoxicated. If a student is asked to leave the classroom, that daywill count as an absence regardless of how long the student has been in class.Course Schedule*Very important: The following schedule is an ideal proposal. The professor willalways take into account students´ learning speed and their opinions. Therefore, theschedule will be susceptible of change in benefit of students except for the exam dates.1. Introduction to the Nobel Prize.2. Nobel Prizes in Spanish Literature: Selection. Followers and detractors. Lifeand works.-José Echegaray y Jacinto Benavente: The forgotten. The Spanish Theater in theend of the 18th and in the beginnig of the 19th century. Readings: The GreatGaleoto and The Bond of Interests (selection).-Juan Ramón Jiménez: The universal Andalusian. From Modernism to GodDesired and Desiring. Readings: Platero and I and Selected Poems.-Vicente Aleixandre and the Generation of 27. The Spanish Surrealism.Readings: Destruction or Love, among others (selected poems).-Camilo José Cela: Post-Spanish Civil War narrative: The Hive.3. Nobel Prizes in Latin American Literature: Selection. Followers and detractors.Life and works.-The Latin American poetry and essay:-Gabriela Mistral.: The First Latin American Nobel: "What the soul is tothe body, so is the artist to his people. Readings: Sonnets of Death, Despair,Tenderness, among other (selected poems).-Pablo Neruda. From Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair to Cantogeneral, among others (selected poems).-Octavio Paz. Sensuality and humanism. Sun Stone (selected poems) and TheLaberynth of Solitude and Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz or The Traps of Faith(selection).-The Latin American Novel:-Magical Realism: Miguel Ángel Ásturias. The indigenous world (myths andreality). Gabriel García Márquez, One Hundred Years of Solitude (selection ofchapters)-Mario Vargas Llosa. Innovation and comminment. Readings: The Time of theHero, The War of the End of the World ,The Feast of the Goat, among others(selection).
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