Learning outcomes of the course unit
- During the course, students will develop the following knowledge and skills:
- a general knowledge of the main 20th-century Hispano-American literary and cultural manifestations and of the historical facts related to Latino-American reality.
- The ability to make reasoned and founded references to the authors and works which will be object of analysis during the course.
- The ability to understand and analyze the poetic texts in the original language, both from the stylistic/formal and the contents point of view.
- The ability to understand and explain the links between the artistic path of the authors treated and the geographical, historical and social context and to gather bibliographical information about the topics of the course.
- The ability to understand and explain the relationships among the texts belonging to the same author and among different authors and to propose original reading paths.
Course contents summary
The course intends to recall the fundamental landmarks of the evolution of the poetic language of the twentieth-century avant-gardes in Hispano-America. This will be done through the contextualization of the most important voices and characters and the analytic reading of an accurate choice of texts. For this purpose, the poetic production of the beginning of the century will be considered, with a recall to Modernism and to Rubén Daio’s influence on the initial works of the avant-garde poets, and a glance to the principal manifestoes and avant-garde programs. The second part of the course will be devoted to an in-depth analysis of Vicente Huidobro’s, Jorge Luis Borges’, César Vallejo’s, Pablo Neruda’s e César Moro’s artistic paths.
Students are also requested to study a text among those listed in the program given at the end of the course.
- Storia della civiltà letteraria ispanoamericana, a cura di D. Puccini e S. Yurkievich, Vol. II, Torino, UTET
- José Miguel Oviedo, Historia de la literatura hispanoamericana, Vol. 3, Madrid, Alianza, 2001
- Teodosio Fernández, La poesía hispanoamericana del siglo XX, Madrid, Anaya, 1991
Teaching is by lecture. During the lectures, the tutor will introduce slides, video materials and audio documents. Supplementary materials will be provided in the online course, on the LEA University platform.
Assessment methods and criteria
The test of the knowledge and the abilities already listed in the purposes of the course will be done through an oral exam in Italian.