Latin American literature 3

A.Y. 2020/2021
9
Max ECTS
60
Overall hours
SSD
L-LIN/06
Language
Spanish
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

Responsible
Lesson period
Second semester
During the emergency teaching phase, the programme is maintained with the following modifications necessary for a good online use of the course originally designed for in-presence teaching:
The lessons will be held mainly in asynchronous form, by means of ppt audio lessons available on the page dedicated to Ariel's course. There will be at least two meetings per month, in presence or through Zoom or Teams platform, in which the learning and acquisition of skills will be tested through exercises and group activities. For students who will not participate in group activities, alternative online activities will be arranged through the Classroom platform (a page dedicated to the course will be activated, the access code will be available in Ariel at the beginning of the course). The Classroom platform will also be used for the exchange of supplementary materials, for the establishment of a permanent discussion forum on the course and for constant communication with the teacher.
All updates on activities and the calendar of synchronous meetings will be published by the beginning of the lessons.
Course syllabus
The course is entitled "Dante's Hell in the Hispanic American Literature of Migration" and is divided into the following three topics, which will be addressed in sequence:
A: Representing the hell of migration: from the Northern Front to the Mediterranean. Oral, written and visual narratives. B: Travelling to hell: the novels by Alejandro Hernández (Mexico) and Eduardo González Viaña (Peru):
C: Semiotic methods of textual analysis. Theory and practice.
The course aims to place itself in the context of the celebrations for the seven hundredth anniversary of Dante's death, which will constitute a scenario of absolute cultural and global importance. Latin American literature has always cultivated a specific predilection for Dante, which in contemporary times has undergone a further renewal. Dante as an exile and migrant, together with the pages of the Commedia sulla sofferenza umana, have acquired the rank of poet and exemplary text to represent the tragedy of contemporary migrations in the western hemisphere, from the Northern Front between Mexico and the United States to the Mediterranean. First of all (part A), we will develop the profile of a contemporary and Latin American Dante, which is used as a symbolic resource to represent the hell of dictatorship and migrations. The works that will be taken into consideration use above all the images of the first canto of the Comedy to weave a rich palimpsest of quotations and narrate the world of shadows without refreshment, of invisibles in eternal pain, which are today the migrants and, before them, the desaparecidos of the Argentinean dictatorship. The corpus of authors that will be built, also through the collaboration of students, will include both writers and artists.
In the second instance (part B) we will focus on two works of particular importance, such as those of the Mexican Alejandro Hernández, Amarás a Dios sobre todas las cosas, and the Peruvian Eduardo González Viaña, El corrido di Dante, built on the peculiar and precise reference to Dante's hell to represent the migratory journey.
After having acquired and elaborated the necessary knowledge on the subject in the first two parts of the course, in the last (part C) we will dedicate ourselves to the textual analysis of the works considered. In order to complete the preparation already started in previous years, we will deepen the tools provided by the semiological analysis. This is in order both to make the students autonomous in the exercise of understanding and interpreting the texts and to initiate them in the drafting of the final work.
The course programme is valid until September 2022 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; reading and commentary of the works in the programme; seminar lessons; cooperative writing of texts.
Teaching Resources
Attending students

1. Perassi, Emilia; Scarabelli, Laura, Itinerari di cultura ispanoamericana. Ritorno alle origini e ritorno delle origini, Torino, UTET 2011 (chapters 2, 3, 4) 
2. Marco Sant'Agata, Dante. Il romanzo della sua vita, Mondadori, Milano, 2013.
3. Nicola Bottiglieri, , Dante nella letteratura ispanoamericana, «Critica del testo», XIV, 3, 2011, pp.334-335
4. Emilia Perassi, "En el pecho encerrada una tormenta. Apropiaciones dantescas en la literatura latinoamericana contemporánea", Letteratura & Letterature, 13, 2019, pp. 33-49.
5. Rossend Arqués, "Dante nell'inferno moderno. La letteratura dopo Auschwitz", Rassegna europea di letteratura italiana, 33, 2009, pp. 87-109
6. Eduardo González Viaña, El Corrido de Dante, Lima, Planeta, 2008
7. Alejandro Hernández, Amarás a Dios sobre todas las cosas, Tusquets, Barcelona, 2013
8. Franco Brioschi, Costanzo Di Girolamo, Massimo Fusillo, Introduzione alla letteratura, Roma, Carocci, 2020 (selection of chapters)
9. Micla Petrelli, "Il gesto della citazione", Leitmotiv, 2, 2002, pp. 70-80
10. Seminar activities with the redaction of texts

essons, hard-to-find materials and online resources will be provided through the Ariel website.

No atteding students

1.Perassi, Emilia; Scarabelli, Laura, Itinerari di cultura ispanoamericana. Ritorno alle origini e ritorno delle origini, Torino, UTET 2011 (chapters 2, 3, 4) 
2. Marco Sant'Agata, Dante. Il romanzo della sua vita, Mondadori, Milano, 2013.
3.Nicola Bottiglieri, , Dante nella letteratura ispanoamericana, «Critica del testo», XIV, 3, 2011, pp.334-335
4. Emilia Perassi, "En el pecho encerrada una tormenta. Apropiaciones dantescas en la literatura latinoamericana contemporánea", Letteratura & Letterature, 13, 2019, pp. 33-49.
5. Rossend Arqués, "Dante nell'inferno moderno. La letteratura dopo Auschwitz", Rassegna europea di letteratura italiana, 33, 2009, pp. 87-109
6. Eduardo González Viaña, El Corrido de Dante, Lima, Planeta, 2008
7. Alejandro Hernández, Amarás a Dios sobre todas las cosas, Tusquets, Barcelona, 2013
8. Videolessons in Ariel
9. Franco Brioschi, Costanzo Di Girolamo, Massimo Fusillo, Introduzione alla letteratura, Roma, Carocci, 2020 (selezione capitoli)
10. Micla Petrelli, "Il gesto della citazione", Leitmotiv, 2, 2002, pp. 70-80
11. Seminar activities with the redaction of texts

essons, hard-to-find materials and online resources will be provided through the Ariel website.

Lezioni, materiali di difficile reperimento e risorse online verranno fornite attraverso il sito Ariel.
Assessment methods and Criteria
The exam consists of an individual oral interview, with questions asked by the teacher, aimed at ascertaining the knowledge and skills acquired, together with the student's autonomy of judgement and interpretation of the texts. The interview is held in Italian or Spanish, at the student's choice. The interview aims to verify
- accurate knowledge of the texts in the programme,
- the capacity of contextualisation of authors and works
- the application of the acquired methodologies
- Critical and personal reflection on the proposed themes. Finally, if carried out in Spanish, it will take language skills into account.
- The in-presence, online and written activities proposed in itinere contribute to the final evaluation for a maximum of 10 out of 30 points.

International students or incoming Erasmus students are invited to make timely contact with the teacher.  Examination procedures for students with disabilities and/or DSA must be agreed with the teacher, in agreement with the competent Office.
Unita' didattica A
L-LIN/06 - LATIN AMERICAN LANGUAGES AND LITERATURES - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Unita' didattica B
L-LIN/06 - LATIN AMERICAN LANGUAGES AND LITERATURES - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Unita' didattica C
L-LIN/06 - LATIN AMERICAN LANGUAGES AND LITERATURES - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Professor(s)
Reception:
See page in italian
Presidenza Facoltà Studi Umanistici, via Festa del Perdono 7; sezione di Iberistica, piazza S.Alessandro 1, 2 piano.