SPAN 464: Spanish American Literature from Modernism to Postmodernism (3 credits)


The soul of a culture lies in its stories. This course offers you a unique insight into Latin American literature. In short, SPAN 464 is an overview of Latin American fiction from the 19th to the 21st century. But it is so much more! In this course you will be exposed to foundational narratives that shaped independent Latin American states; you will discuss issues of race, gender, and social class; and you will study texts by great Latin American writers such as Juan Rulfo, Jorge Luis Borges, Julio Cortázar, Carlos Fuentes, Gabriel García Márquez, Mario Vargas Llosa, Luisa Valenzuela, and Elena Poniatowska. 

Although SPAN 200 is a prerequisite for this course we accept students who did not complete that course but whose proficiency corresponds to the advanced level. If you have any questions concerning your level of Spanish and/or your placement, please, contact one of our faculty members and request an override.

SPAN 464 is taught entirely in Spanish and students are required to submit substantial essays in Spanish in the course of the term. In order to take full advantage of this course we encourage our students to take SPAN 306 and SPAN 334 before enrolling in SPAN 464.

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