Twentieth Century Latin-American short story : a historical and thematic survey

lrom1283  2021-2022  Louvain-la-Neuve

Twentieth Century Latin-American short story : a historical and thematic survey
5.00 credits
30.0 h + 15.0 h
Prerequisite : Spanish language courses I, II, and III 

The prerequisite(s) for this Teaching Unit (Unité d’enseignement – UE) for the programmes/courses that offer this Teaching Unit are specified at the end of this sheet.
Main themes
This course examines the principal currents of the period in question: modernismo, vanguardia, postvanguardia, nueva novela, etc.
The course describes the uneven process of development from modernism up to and including the "explosion" of the Sixties. It underlines the heterogeneity of the various cultural fields of the continent and their specific interactions with European and North American literatures, and also with the intellectual heritage before the 20th century ("crónicas de Indias" of the 16th and 17th centuries; essays of the 19th century).
Learning outcomes

At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :

1 At the end of the course, the student will be able :
- to situate Spanish-American works and extracts (1900-1970) in their historical and literary context;
- to produce a personal analysis of these, from a textual and intertextual point of view;
- to highlight the philosophical, ideological, and/or political issues underlying the literary works under consideration.
The course will alternate lectures on key trends and authors, and textual analysis that will focus on key characteristics of the trend under consideration, as well as the aesthetical and ideological characteristics of the authors discussed.
The course will be divided in three main parts:
1. the two irruptions of Modernity (Modernism and Darío; Avant-garde and Girondo);
2° renovation and internationalization of the art of narrating (Quiroga, Borges, Asturias, Carpentier, Rulfo);
3° the "boom" of the short story (Cortázar, García Márquez, Silvina Ocampo).
Exercises enable students to assimilate the material seen in the lectures on the basis of individual or collective tasks.
Teaching methods
The course will combine presentations of authors, currents and works considered with literary analysis of short stories.
Evaluation methods
The final exam is two-fold : written and oral. Participation in the exercises is also taken into account in the final note.
Other information
Resources : A syllabus and an anthology of texts.
N.B. Une bibliographie plus complète est contenue dans le syllabus.
- Oviedo J. M., Historia de la literatura hispanoamericana. T. III. Postmodernismos, Vanguardia, Regionalismo, Madrid, Alianza, 2001.
- Oviedo J. M., Historia de la literatura hispanoamericana. T. IV De Borges al presente, Madrid Alianza, 2001.
- Collard, P. (ed.), El relato breve en las letras hispánicas actuales, en Foro Hispánico (1997).
- de Mora, Carmen, En breve. Estudios sobre el cuento hispanoamericano contemporáneo, Sevilla, Universidad de Sevilla. Secretariado de publicaciones, 2000.
- Fröhlicher, Peter y Georges Güntert (ed.), Teoría e interpretación del cuento, Peter Lang, 1995.
- Oviedo, J.M. (ed.),Antología crítica del cuento hispanoamericano del siglo XIX, Madrid, Alianza, 2001.
- Pupo Walker, Enrique (ed.), El cuento hispanoamericano, Madrid, Castalia, 1995.
- Scholz, László, Los avatares de la flecha. Cuestionamiento del principio de linealidad en el cuento moderno hispanoamericano, Salamanca, Ediciones Universidad de Salamanca, 2001.
Faculty or entity

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

Title of the programme
Learning outcomes
Bachelor in Modern Languages and Literatures : General

Minor in Spanish Studies

Bachelor in French and Romance Languages and Literatures : General

Minor in Literary Studies