Cultures of Spanish-Speaking Countries I

A.Y. 2020/2021
9
Max ECTS
60
Overall hours
SSD
L-LIN/06
Language
Italian
Learning objectives
The course aims to bring students to the main socio-cultural dynamics of Latin American modernity. The use of the various textual and audiovisual materials should foster critical thinking through the problematization of a complex and composite reality.
Expected learning outcomes
Basic 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 realize autonomous paths in specific aspects of the Hispanic modernity.
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Responsible
Lesson period
Second semester
There will be a meeting in the week from 20 to 25 September. It is necessary to book with the appropriate app. Methods and criteria will be communicated in time on the Ariel platform (https://ibajinici1.ariel.ctu.unimi.it/v5/Home/).
In case the emergency teaching phase is extended to the second semester, the program will be maintained with the necessary changes for a good online use of the course originally designed for teaching in presence.
It is recommended to always consult the ariel platform
Course syllabus
Linguistic, geohistorical and ethnocultural Introduction of the Latin American subcontinent, articulated in three parts: the Spanish of America, the Latin American news and a case study: the tango in the argentinian cultural context.
Prerequisites for admission
Adequate basic historical-cultural preparation, acceptable reading capacity and critical reworking, discreet domain of oral communication.
Teaching methods
Lectures, interactive lessons, peer education (with te engagement of Latin American students).
We will start from the texts, which will be analyzed from a formal and content point of view.
Teaching Resources
Humberto López Morales, "La aventura del español en América", Madrid, Espasa Forum, 1998. (Ariel)
Eduardo Galeano, "Le vene aperte dell'America latina", Sperling & Kupfer
(oppure "Las venas abiertas de América latina", México, Siglo XXI, 1994.
Rafael Flores, "Il tango e i suoi labirinti", Stoccarda, Abrazos.

Reading a book of your choice:
Edda Fabbri, "Oblivion", Salerno Oèdipus, 2012.
Manuel Puig, "Il bacio della donna ragno", Roma, Sur, 2017.
Mirta Yáñez, "Ostinata ferita", Salerno, Oèdipus, 2014.
Rafael Flores, "Otumba", Milano, Viennepierre, 2006.
Antonio Skármeta, "Il postino di Neruda", Einaudi, 2014.
Garcia Marquez, "Le avventure di Miguel Littín, clandestino in Cile", Mondadori, 2014.

PAY ATTENTION: ALL THE ARTICLES, DOCUMENTS AND LINKS LOADED ON THE ARIEL PLATFORM IN THE "EDUCATIONAL MATERIALS" SECTION WILL BE SUBJECT TO STUDY EVEN IF NOT PRESENT IN THIS LIST.
IN THE CASE OF THE ONLY BOOK NOT AVAILABLE IN TRANSLATION (LOPEZ MORALES),
IN ADDITION TO ITS PDF, A POWER POINT WILL BE UPLOID IN ARIEL TO FACILITATE THE UNDERSTANDING OF THE TEXT.
Assessment methods and Criteria
Oral examination to verifying the ability of the student
to orientate in Latin American spatial-temporal context, with special attention to the actuality.
Will be required a personal reflexion on the topics provided during the lessons. They are
present in the bibliography and on the Ariel platform.
For this purpose, a reading and commentary on a book, chosen from a range of possibilities) will also be requested.

Attending students, in addition to the bibliography reported in the program and the materials uploaded in Ariel, will have to refer to all the lessons and any interventions and conferences of external teachers.
L-LIN/06 - LATIN AMERICAN LANGUAGES AND LITERATURES - University credits: 9
Lessons: 60 hours
Professor(s)