Learning outcomes of the course unit
The students must possess a general knowledge of the main 19th and 20th centuries Hispano-American literary and cultural manifestations and of the historical facts related to Latino-American reality.
The students must be able to make reasoned and founded references to the authors and works which will be object of analysis during the course.
The students must be able to understand and analyze the narrative texts in the original language, both from the stylistic/formal and the contents point of view.
The students must be able 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 students must be able 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
Spanish-American short narrative from Costumbrismo to Cosmopolitism.
The course will cover the main developments of Latin-American short narrative during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, with insights dedicated to Ricardo Palma, Horacio Quiroga, Jorge Luis Borges and Julio Cortázar.
Ricardo Palma, Tradiciones peruanas
Horacio Quiroga, Cuentos
Jorge Luis Borges, El Aleph
Julio Cortázar, Las armas secretas y otros relatos
AA.VV., Storia della civiltà letteraria ispanoamericana, UTET, Torino 2000
vol. I, pp. 536-552;
vol. II pp.171-187, 567-573, 581-590.
Ricardo Palma, Tradizioni peruviane. Racconti della terra degli incas, Liguori, Napoli 2001.
Horacio Quiroga, I migliori racconti, Rayuela Edizioni, Milano 2017.
Jorge Luis Borges, L’Aleph, Feltrinelli, Milano 2013.
Julio Cortázar, I racconti, Einaudi, Torino 2014.
During the course, the frontal lessons might be supported by slides and video and audio documents. Supplementary materials will be provided in the online course, on the 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.