Caribbean Short Story

Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Caribbean Short Story

  • Host University

    Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra

  • Location

    Santiago, Dominican Republic

  • Area of Study

    English, Latin American Studies, Literature

  • Language Level

    Intermediate, Advanced

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    Hours & Credits

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  • Overview


    This course has been designed to give students the opportunity to become familiar with the different expressions of one of the most extensive genres in Spanish American literature, in order that they may evaluate for themselves the distinct political, social, and cultural aspects of the Spanish-speaking Antilles. Included in the course content will be examples from the principal authors of this region, shorter and longer stories, as well as essays over the trajectory of the short story.


    At the end of the course, the students:

    1. Will be familiar with the principal theories and stories of the Spanish Caribbean through its most representative works.
    2. Will discover that the study of literature is a dynamic process in which the cultural reality of a country can be understood by getting to know its literary output.
    3. Will acquire the ability to recognize, by means of literary texts, the interdisciplinary relationships between literature and the social and historic reality of Spanish-American peoples.
    4. Will acquire the habit of utilizing contemporary Spanish-American literary texts for didactic purposes, in a way that is both effective and methodical.


    Unit I: Definitions of the short story.

    Unit II: Theories and techniques of the contemporary short story.

    Unit III: Theories of short stories from the most representative contemporary Caribbean and Spanish-American authors.

    3.1 Juan Bosch
    3.2 Horacio Quiroga
    3.3 Julio Cortázar
    3.4 Carlos Mastrángelo
    3.5 Silvina Bullrich
    3.6 Mary Rohrberger
    3.7 Ana Rueda

    Unit IV: Concepts of the short story as a literary genre by the best-known Creibbean authors.

    Unit V: Analysis of short stories from the Spanish Caribbean, contemporary short stories of the 20th century (Cuba, Puerto Rico, Santo Domingo), in their most representative works.


    Presentations (Theories of the short story): 5%
    3 Exams (Shorter stories, analysis): 30%
    2 Exams (Longer stories, analysis): 40%
    Final exam (Analysis of a longer story): 25%
    Total: 100%


    Anderson Imbert, E. (1992) Teoría del Cuento. Barcelona: Editorial Ariel, S. A.

    Aguiar E. (1993) Teoría de la Literatura. Madrid: Editorial Gredos.

    Bautista G., G. (1991) Realismo mágico: Cosmos Latinoamericano. Santa Fe, Bogotá: Editorial América Latina.

    Candelier, B. R. (1989) La Narrativa de Juan Bosch. Santo Domingo, República Dominicana: Editorial Alfa y Omega.

    Fernández, T. (1991) La poesía latinoamericana del Siglo XX. Primera edición. Madrid, España: Biblioteca Básica.

    Pacheco, C. y Barrera, L. (1997) Del cuento y sus alrededores. Aproximaciones a una teoría del cuento. Segunda edición. Colombia: Editorial Latinoamericana.

    Peix, P. (1987) La Narrativa Yugulada. Santo Domingo, República
    Dominicana: Editora Taller.

    Wellek, R. y Warren, A. (1985) Teoría Literaria. Madrid: Editorial Gredos.

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Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

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