Cultures of Spanish-Speaking Countries I

A.Y. 2020/2021
Overall hours
Learning objectives
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.
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Lesson period
First semester
During the emergency teaching phase, the program is maintained with the necessary modifications for a good online use of the course originally designed for face-to-face teaching.
The lessons will be held mainly remotely using Teams, with the exception of a face-to-face meeting during the first week of the LIN year (from 28/09 to 2/10) and two lessons scheduled during the week from 2 to 6 November
The schedule of lessons and all the details of the activities will be published in Ariel (
Updates and notices will also be communicated in the Teams group "Hispanic Culture LIN I / II".
The methods and criteria for attending face-to-face meetings, which require a booking with the appropriate app, will be communicated in time to both Ariel and Teams.
A welcome meeting is scheduled for the week from 28/09 to 2/10. You must book with the appropriate app.
The methods and criteria for participating in this meeting will be communicated in time to Ariel.
Course syllabus
The course aims to start a reflection on the broad theme of the cultural representations of racism and social discrimination in Latin America, also in light of the latest events (the assassination of George Floyd in the United States and the difficult health conditions of indigenous and Afro-descendants in time of pandemic). All the texts indicated in the bibliography will be considered, together with the examination of other materials loaded in Ariel.
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.
J. Lipski, "El español de América en contacto con otras lenguas".
Teaching methods
Frontal lessons, cooperative learning, online discussions, online activities.
Teaching Resources
Teun Adrianus van Dijk, "Racismo y discurso en America Latina", Madrid, Gedisa, 2007.
"Afrodescendientes en Latinoamérica. Hacia un marco de inclusión". (Ariel)
Álvaro Bello y Marta Rangel, "Etnicidad, 'raza' y equidad en América Latina y el Caribe. (Ariel)
París Pombo, María Dolores, "Estudios sobre el racismo en América Latina" (Ariel)
Reading a novel chosen from:
Adelaida Fernández Ochoa, "Afuera crece un mundo" (Seix Barral).
Beatriz Rivas, "Jamas nadie", Alfaguara 2017.
Gabriela Cabezón Cámara, "Las aventuras de la China Iron", Random House.
Marcial Gala, "La catedral de los negros", La Habana, Letras Cubanas, 2012.
Martín Balarezo García, "El racista", CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, Centreville, Virginia (Ariel)
Demina Konfino, "Villa 31. Una historia de amor invisible", Buenos Aires, Punto de Encuentro, 2017.

Ariel will upload a dossier containing various documents that can serve as a bibliographic base for the preparation of a written report.
Assessment methods and Criteria
The exam will take place in presence or remotely, according to the provisions provided by the university and 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.
Attending students, in addition to the bibliography reported in the program and to the loaded Ariel materialists, will have to refer to all the lessons, which will be recorded and will be available only within Teams.
Lessons: 40 hours
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