Theory and analysis of Spanish-American literary texts

LROM2844  2019-2020  Louvain-la-Neuve

Theory and analysis of Spanish-American literary texts
5.0 credits
30.0 h

This biannual course is taught on years 2015-2016, 2017-2018, ....


Notions of hermeneutical tools for literary analysis. B2 level in Spanish.

Main themes

The course will examine first how can be defined the topic we can find in a determined corpus : the work of mourning.
After, we will analyze hispano-american literary works (poetry : Gelman ; novel : Fuentes) and see how they elaborate the selected topic.


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    The aim of this course is to help the student acquire a scholarly method to read and analyse literary texts written by one or a few hispano-american author(s) that share a common theme, to analyse their poetics and its context. The theoretical reflexion will be stressed. At the end of the course, the students will be able to read and write essays in the studied field by relying on the literary knowledge they have acquired.

The contribution of this Teaching Unit to the development and command of the skills and learning outcomes of the programme(s) can be accessed at the end of this sheet, in the section entitled “Programmes/courses offering this Teaching Unit”.


The course aims to analyze the nature and forms of expression of love in a large corpus of Spanish American contemporary  poetic texts (Darío, Agustini, Neruda, Huidobro, Paz) and novels (Cortazar, Garcia Marquez, Roa Bastos, Manuel Puig ). The analysis is conducted on the basis of theoretical considerations, coming mainly from philosophy and psychoanalysis.

Teaching methods

The course will work as a seminar and based on a reader incorporating both theoretical reflections literary works. The analytical approach will be a back and forth between reading and classical textual and contextual interpretation in the light of theoretical sources.

Evaluation methods

Presentation of oral partial work during the semester and an oral exam

Other information

Support  : Course notes and folder of reading material

Online resources



Anthologie de textes disponibles à la DUC, qui contient les principaux textes théoriques et poétiques.

Paz, Octavio, Libertad bajo palabra(1935-1957). Edición de Enrico Mario Santí, Madrid, 2014, Cátedra (Letras Hispánicas ; 250)

García Márquez, Gabriel, Del amor y otros demonios, Debolsillo, 2014

Nettel, Guadalupe, Después del invierno, Barcelona, Seix Barral, 2014

Puig, Manuel, Boquitas pintadas, Seix Barral, 2001 ; El beso de la mujer araña, Seix Barral, 2003.

Kristeva, Julia, Histoires d¿amour , Denoël, 1983.

Barthes, Roland, Fragments d¿un discours amoureux, Seuil, 1977.

González, Aníbal, Love and Politics in the Contemporary Spanish American Novel , University of Texas Press, Austin, 2010.

de Rougement, Denis, L¿amour en Occident, Plon, 1962

Amiel Vincent, et Yannick Butel,éd., Scènes de séduction et discours amoureux , Caen : Presses universitaires de Caen, 2007

Faculty or entity

Programmes / formations proposant cette unité d'enseignement (UE)

Program title
Master [60] in French and Romance Languages and Literatures : General

Master [120] in Modern Languages and Literatures : General

Master [120] in French and Romance Languages and Literatures : General