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Advanced Spanish III - SPN403

This unit offers an overview of Spanish and Latin American early literature, from its beginnings up to the 19th century. This time-frame will expose students to medieval classics like Don Quixote and El Cid, the representation of defiance in Golden Age texts, to narratives of colonization, such as Columbus’ Diaries and de las Casas’ Destruction of the Indies. We will also read great adventure narratives of “discovery” and piracy, such as Shipwrecked, and study the construction of national myths through novels that portray key moments leading to the independence of Latin American countries. The unit may develop undercurrent theoretical frames within the discussion of these classics, such as “history on film” or the reinvention of history in contemporary art. Students will analyse these works in order to be able to discuss crucial developments in the history of Spain and Latin America. As this unit is taught entirely in Spanish, it requires a solid knowledge of the language for students to understand complex texts and be able to discuss them in written and spoken language.

Credit Points: 3
When Offered:

S1 Day - Session 1, North Ryde, Day

S1 Online - Session 1, Online

Staff Contact(s): Dr Consuelo Martínez Reyes

SPN302 Prerequisite Information


NCCW(s): SPN303
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Unit Type:
Assessed As: Graded
Offered By:

Department of International Studies

Faculty of Arts

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