Nobel Prizes in Spanish and Latin American Literature: A Critical Approach (in English)

Universidad Pablo de Olavide

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Nobel Prizes in Spanish and Latin American Literature: A Critical Approach (in English)

  • Host University

    Universidad Pablo de Olavide

  • Location

    Seville, Spain

  • Area of Study

    European Studies, Literature

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

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  • Overview

    Anually since its foundation, the Nobel Prize in literature has awarded the
    contributions of men and women from many different languages and cultures.
    However, its history is one of controversy: major authors have been ignored by the
    Swedish Academy. The aim of this course is to analyze the life and the works of the
    Spanish and Latin American Literature Nobel Prize Winners and the reasons for the
    Academy?s choices. The study will be carried out from a critical and comparative
    perspective within a historical and literary context. In this way, The Generation of 1927,
    Post-Spanish Civil War narrative or Magical Realism among other great literary
    tendencies will be included.
    Course Goals and Methodology
    Lectures will have both a theoretical component and a practical component. On
    one hand, a set of master classes from the professor and on the other hand, in-class
    debates and activities about the readings that will be carried out by students. For this
    reason 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 they
    must demonstrate their acquired understanding of the subject matter.
    At the end of the semester, students must turn in an essay about the following
    topic: ?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 (including
    The professor will explain the rules and policies of the essay at the beginning of
    the course.
    Orthographical errors in submitted essays will not be permitted. Regarding the
    students´ bibliography, all sources should be specified with total clarity. The use of
    Wikipedia 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 at
    the bottom of the page will be acceptable.
    Required Texts
    All 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,
    Links and recommended sources on the official website:
    ?The Great Galeoto?:
    General Course Policies
    -Please keep your cell phones turned off during class.
    -Strictly no food to be consumed in class.
    Course Requirements and Grading
    Oral participation will be very important for success in this course. The goal is
    that every student actively participates in every class meeting. Students attendance will
    be 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 for
    some 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 written
    assignments and exams, and active involvement in class discussions.
    *Very important: students who do not turn in their homework on time cannot
    receive a ?10? in the participation grade.
    Attendance and Punctuality
    Attendance is mandatory. More than 3 unexcused absences will result in the
    lowering of the final grade. Students with more than 2 such absences may not
    challenge the final grade received. Punctuality is required ? lateness will be penalised
    by 0.5 (over 15 mins) or 1 absence (over 30mins). Students who were absence for
    medical reasons, must submit a physician note upon their return to class. Students who
    miss class, regardless of reason, must contact their professor in order to find out which
    material they have missed.
    Missed or Late Work
    Unless otherwise stated, all assignments must be typed according to the
    guidelines given and must be submitted at the beginning of each class, or the given
    time if submitted online. No late assignments will be graded, unless it is due to an
    excused absence (usually medical). Missed or late work will be automatically given a
    Academic Dishonesty
    Academic integrity is a guiding principle for all academic activity at Pablo de
    Olavide University. Cheating on exams and plagiarism (which includes copying from
    the internet) are clear violations of academic honesty. A student is guilty of plagiarism
    when he or she presents another person?s intellectual property as his or her own. The
    penalty for plagiarism and cheating is a failing grade for the assignment/exam and a
    failing grade for the course. Avoid plagiarism by citing sources properly (using
    footnotes or endnotes and a bibliography).
    Students with Disabilities
    If you have a disability that requires special academic accommodation, please
    speak to your professor within the first three (3) weeks of the semester in order to
    discuss any adjustments. It is the student's responsibility to provide the International
    Center with documentation confirming the disability and the accommodations required
    (if you have provided this to your study abroad organization, they have most likely
    informed the International Center already but please confirm).
    Behavior Policy
    Students are expected to show integrity and act in a professional and respectful
    manner at all times. A student?s attitude in class may influence his/her participation
    grade. The professor has a right to ask a student to leave the classroom if the student
    is unruly or appears intoxicated. If a student is asked to leave the classroom, that day
    will 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 will
    always take into account students´ learning speed and their opinions. Therefore, the
    schedule 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. Life
    and works.
    -José Echegaray y Jacinto Benavente: The forgotten. The Spanish Theater in the
    end of the 18th and in the beginnig of the 19th century. Readings: The Great
    Galeoto and The Bond of Interests (selection).
    -Juan Ramón Jiménez: The universal Andalusian. From Modernism to God
    Desired 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 to
    the 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 Canto
    general, among others (selected poems).
    -Octavio Paz. Sensuality and humanism. Sun Stone (selected poems) and The
    Laberynth of Solitude and Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz or The Traps of Faith
    -The Latin American Novel:
    -Magical Realism: Miguel Ángel Ásturias. The indigenous world (myths and
    reality). Gabriel García Márquez, One Hundred Years of Solitude (selection of
    -Mario Vargas Llosa. Innovation and comminment. Readings: The Time of the
    Hero, The War of the End of the World ,The Feast of the Goat, among others

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