The course aims to provide students with the critical tools that allow them to deepen their knowledge of the different socio-cultural dynamics of Latin American modernity. The use of the various textual and audiovisual materials should foster critical thinking, while stimulating the delineation of autonomous research processes.
Expected learning outcomes
Consolidation of knowledge of multiple cultural aspects - literature, visual art, music - featuring the contemporary Latin America scene. The application of the theory and practice of Cultural Studies in socio-historical and linguistic contexts, allows to develop an autonomous research paths in specific aspects of the Hispanic modernity.
Lesson period: First semester
(In case of multiple editions, please check the period, as it may vary)
The program focuses on a specific Latin American country - Cuba - and on some examples of stories of oneself in times of war: the Journal of war, the journalistic chronicle, the novela-testimonio. Starting from the lesson of Philippe Lejeun supplemented by the reflections of Jerome Bruner and Andres Smorti, in addition to the texts by José Martí, Miguel Barnet, Dora Alonso and Emilio Comas Paret,we will consider other forms of autobiographical narrative of the war conflict in music, cinema and art. This can act as a model or starting point for individual research related to the Cuban context as well as to other Latin American contexts also in the perspective of a degree thesis project. The reference materials (not always easy to find) will be uploaded to the ARIEL platform - which must be regularly consulted - whenever possible.
Prerequisites for admission
The student, in addition to an adequate domination of oral and written Spanish and an awareness of his American variants, must know how to orientate himself in the Latin American mosaic and possess adequate historical-cultural information related to the territories under study. Otherwise we recommend consulting the following reference materials: Ana Pizarro, "El sur y los trópicos", Cuadernos de América sin nombre n. 10. https://rua.ua.es/dspace/bitstream/10045/6283/1/CuadernosASN_10.pdf J. Lipski, "El español de América en contacto con otras lenguas". http://www.personal.psu.edu/jml34/contacts.pdf
Frontal lessons, cooperative learning.
Philippe Lejeune, "El pacto autobiográfico y otros estudios", Madrid, Ediciones Endymion, 1994. Jerome Bruner y Susan Weisser, "La invención del yo: la autobiografía y sus formas", in Nancy Torrance y David R. Olson (coords.) "Cultura escrita y oralidad" , 1995, pp. 177-202. ISBN 8474325277 Bruno Smorti, "Narrazioni. Cultura, memorie, formazione del sé", Giunti, 2007. ISBN 9788809051034 Javier Sánchez Zapatero, "Escritura autobiográfica y traumas colectivos: de la experiencia personal al compromiso universal", Revista de Literatura, 2011, julio-diciembre, vol. LXXIII, n.o 146,pp. 379-406. ISSN: 0034849X. https://www.researchgate.net/publication/266871329_Escritura_autobiogra…
Assessment methods and Criteria
The exam will consist of an oral interview in Spanish aimed at ascertaining the critical re-elaboration of information and stimuli provided during the lessons and widely present both in the bibliographic and in-depth material uploaded on the Ariel platform. The student will be able to propose research insights or hypotheses related to other Latin American contexts.