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Reading Latin American Poetry (Ordinary) (ELCH09005)


European Languages and Cultures - Hispanic Studies





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This course is taught in English. In order to be eligible to take SCQF Level 9 Options, Visiting Students should have the equivalent of at least two years of study at University level of the appropriate language(s) and culture(s). Please note that this course may incur additional costs for academic materials.

Course Summary

This course gives a broad introductory survey of poetry from Latin America. Its primary focus will be on close reading of individual poems, but with reference to their wider political and cultural context. Through reading poetry ranging in style from the intimate and lyrical to the epic and social, this course aims to foster appreciation of the huge variety of Latin American poetry, and stimulate an understanding of the value of poetry and of the challenges peculiar to reading, interpreting and indeed defining poetry.

Course Description

What is poetry? What is, or has been, its role in Latin American society? Who is poetry for? What are the different ways of writing poetry? Such questions will propel our exploration of a diverse range of Latin American poets. Seminars will focus on key topics such as gender, revolution, nature, the city, identity, and will use contrasting poems by poets from different Latin American countries and contexts to illuminate these topics. Each seminar will include close reading, reading aloud and listening to poets own recordings of individual poems where available.

Assessment Information

Written Exam 0%, Coursework 100%, Practical Exam 0%

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