Latin American literature 3

A.Y. 2019/2020
Overall hours
Learning objectives
The course offers a deepening of the main aspects and problems of contemporary Hispanic American literature, through the analysis, in a historical-cultural perspective, of genres, movements and styles. The aim is to provide the necessary skills to allow students to interpret comparatively complex literary phenomena of the contemporary world, deepening the thematic, structural, stylistic components in order to achieve an understanding of the underlying symbolic constructs.
Expected learning outcomes
Knowledge and understanding: the student possesses an advanced critical-interpretative ability of the main reference texts of contemporary Hispanic American literature, also dominates the main critical theories and methodologies of the discipline.
Applied skills: the student is able to recognize the literary value of a work and to return it in complete autonomy, identifying its historical and social implications and identifying its main formal and stylistic characteristics, through the methodologies and tools of literary analysis acquired.
It is also capable of acquiring and reworking the acquired disciplinary contents in complete autonomy and with a critical spirit.
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Lesson period
Second semester
Course syllabus
The course is called Rethinking the 900. Hispanic American Literature and Human Rights: the objects and consists of the following three teaching units, which will be addressed in sequence:
A: The New Chroniclers of the Indies: The Literature of Testimony
B: The objects in the testimony of the camps
C: Objects as rest: witnessing the absence
The course aims to address the study of Hispanic American literature as a place of writing and narrative that tightens specific ethical ties and social engagement with reality. Therefore, both the literary analysis of the works under examination and the relationship of responsibility with the contexts from which they arise will be privileged.
Unit A will offer a theoretical-critical introduction to the genre of human rights literature and testimony in its Latin American development, with particular reference to the relationship between reality and fiction, ethics and aesthetics.
Unit B will analyze the importance of objects as constructions of the imaginary that the testimonial discourse, in its textual and generic articulations, defines and configures. In particular, the role of objects in the direct testimonies of the dictatorships of the Cono Sur will be examined.
Unit C will dwell on the dynamisation of the imaginary of objects in the testimonies and rewritings that aim to elaborate the traumas of the dictatorships of the Cono Sur.
The course program is valid until September 2021 inclusive.
Prerequisites for admission
The course is held in Italian and Spanish. The examination materials and bibliography, in Spanish, presuppose skills in literary history, use of terminology and critical analysis obtained in previous courses. (Letterature ispanoamericane 2).
Teaching methods
The course adopts the following teaching methods: lectures and seminars. For the students attending, the course includes in itinere tests and written and oral presentations.
Teaching Resources
Unit A
Perassi, Emilia; Scarabelli, Laura (eds.), Itinerari di cultura ispanoamericana. Ritorno alle origini e ritorno delle origini, Torino, UTET 2011. (Chapters selections)
Perassi, Emilia; Scarabelli, Laura (eds.), Letteratura di testimonianza in America latina, Milano, Mimesis, 2017 (Chapters selections)
Unit B
Jorge Montealegre, Frazadas del estadio nacional, Santiago, Lom, 2002.
Mario Villani, Desaparecido. Memorias de un cautiverio, Buenos Aires, Biblos, 2011.
Miguel Lawner, Isla Dawson, Ritoque, Tres Alamos. La vida a pesar de todo.
Unit C
Marta Dillon, Aparecida, Buenos Aires, Sudamericana, 2015.
Nona Fernández, Fuenzalida, Santiago de Chile, Random House, 2012
Nona Fernández, La dimensión desconocida, Santiago de Chile, Random House, 2017
Diamela Eltit, Sumar, Santiago de Chile, Seix Barral, 2018.

The program for non-attending students is identical to the one for attending students.

The program is not intended to be complete and will be integrated with a series of essays, readings and insights that will be indicated at the beginning of the course and during the lessons. We therefore recommend a careful and constant monitoring of the Ariel platform (Hispanic American Literature 1), both by attending and non-attending students. All the supplementary texts uploaded in the course page are to be considered an integral part of the examination program.
Assessment methods and Criteria
The exam consists of an individual interview, which includes questions asked by the teacher, interactions between teacher and student and the analysis and commentary of one or more passages taken from the works in the program. The interview lasts about 20 minutes and can be held in Italian or Spanish, at the student's choice. The interview aims to verify the knowledge of the texts studied, the contextualization ability of authors and works, the ability to analyze the text, the ability in the exposition, the precision in the use of specific terminology, the ability of critical and personal reflection on the proposed themes. Finally, it will take into account, if done in Spanish, language skills. The final grade is expressed in thirtieth, and the student has the right to reject it (in which case it will be recorded as "withdrawn"). For the students attending the course, there will be introductory tests in itinere, at the end of the different modules, and presentations of written works.
Other information:
International students or Erasmus incoming students are invited to contact the teacher of the course in advance.
Examination procedures for students with disabilities and/or DSA must be agreed with the teacher, in agreement with the competent office.
Unita' didattica A
Lessons: 20 hours
Professor: Perassi Emilia
Unita' didattica B
Lessons: 20 hours
Professor: Perassi Emilia
Unita' didattica C
Lessons: 20 hours
Professor: Scarabelli Laura
Educational website(s)
See page in italian
Presidenza Facoltà Studi Umanistici, via Festa del Perdono 7; sezione di Iberistica, piazza S.Alessandro 1, 2 piano.