Dr. Torres: T/Th 2:00-3:15

Introduction to Spanish Literature

This course is for advanced Spanish students; consequently, the class is entirely in Spanish. It covers the characteristics of the different genres (novel, short story, poetry, theater, and essay) and gives the tools to analyze them (rhetoricalff devices) with language appropriate to the discipline. We will cover literary movements with representative works that display the trends of these movements (Romanticism, Realism, Avant-garde, etc.) to see how one period’s literature influences that of another. Key concepts will involve discussion of theme, plot, the difference between narrator versus poetic voice, versification, symbol, image, leitmotif, metaphor, simile, etc. Students will learn and apply these literary terms through class discussions and more in-depth, analytical papers of the works we study. Students will also take tests to ensure that they have mastered the language of the discipline. Throughout the semester, students will give oral presentations on aspects of the works to practice their speaking ability in Spanish in front of an audience. Power Point and Prezi will be helpful tools to give a professional presentation. The literary selections come from Spain, Spanish America, and the United States, so students will be exposed to a varied lexicon as well as different cultures within the Spanish-speaking world.