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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - SPW5597

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Current Status: Approved by SCNS - 2015-12-01
Campus: Tampa
Submission Type: New
Course Change Information (for course changes only):
Comments: GC Approved 10/12/15. To USF Sys 10/12/15; to SCNS 10/28/15. Approved eff 12/1/15

  1. Department and Contact Information

    Tracking Number Date & Time Submitted
    5167 2015-01-11
    Department College Budget Account Number
    World Languages AS 0124100
    Contact Person Phone Email
    Pablo Brescia 8139748961

  2. Course Information

    Prefix Number Full Title
    SPW 5597 Latin American Culture in Fantastic Literature and Film

    Is the course title variable? N
    Is a permit required for registration? N
    Are the credit hours variable? N
    Is this course repeatable? N
    If repeatable, how many times? 0

    Credit Hours Section Type Grading Option
    3 C - Class Lecture (Primarily) -
    Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum)
    Lat Am Cult in Fant Lit/Film
    Course Online? Percentage Online
    C - Face-to-face (0% online) 100





    Course Description

    A panoramic view of Spanish American fantastic and science fiction literature and film in order to analyze their relationship to historical, philosophical and cultural trends from the end of the 19th century to the beginning of the 21st century.

  3. Justification

    A. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course.

    Replacing Selected Topics with Permanent number; already listed in program

    B. What is the need or demand for this course? (Indicate if this course is part of a required sequence in the major.) What other programs would this course service?

    The course will fill and undervalued and understudied area in Latin American literature, exposing students to exciting material and allowing them to make connections to philosophical and scientific discourses from the 19th to the 21st centuries. In addition, given USF's library special collection's archive on Latin America's science fiction, the opportunities for graduate research will be golden.

    C. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times?

    Yes, 1 time

    D. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.)

    PhD in Spanish, with a concentration in Latin American literature and culture.

  4. Other Course Information

    A. Objectives

    ‐ To learn about various trends in fantastic and science fiction works from Latin America

    ‐ To learn to distinguish fantastic literature from the more canonical forms of literature, such as realism

    ‐ To learn about the religious and technological discourses that influenced fantastic and science fiction literature in Latin America

    -To learn to analyze fiction and film using theories of the fantastic

    B. Learning Outcomes

    Students will be able to 1) understand several theories on the fantastic; (2) recognize important fantastic and science fiction writers and texts and understand why they are relevant; (3) identify and explain the characteristics of fantastic and science fiction literature and cinema in Spanish America and how they relate to their cultural context and (3) express analytically (in oral and written form) his or her ideas about the topic of the class.

    C. Major Topics

    (1) Theories on the fantastic and science fiction; (2) fantastic motifs (ghosts, spirits, angels, devils, vampires, animals, doubles, machines); (3) major writers and works on the topic; (4) Fantastic historiography in Latin America

    D. Textbooks


    E. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases

    —Novel: The invention of Morel, Adolfo Bioy Casares.

    —Novel: Aura, Carlos Fuentes.

    —Movies: Sleep Dealer and Moebius.

    —Primary texts provided by the instructor via Canvas (Darío, Lugones, Quiroga, Borges, García Márquez, Alonso, Garro, Fuentes, Arreola, Rojo and Cortázar)

    —Critical texts provided by the professor via Canvas (Todorov, Bessiere, Duncan, Barrenechea, Bioy Casares, Borges)

    F. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy

    Attendance and participation (10%)

    Weekly homework and quizzes (25%)

    Oral presentation (25%)

    Exam (15%)

    Research project (25%)

    G. Assignments, Exams and Tests

    Class exercise. Course mechanics.

    READINGS: “Elements of Fiction” (II)

    Latin American narrative and the fantastic. Theories of the fantastic: some trends.

    READINGS: Darío (I); Charters’ guide for journals (II)

    Modernismo and fantastic literature. Darío. “Queen Mab’s Veil”. “The Case of Mademoiselle Amelie”.

    Groups for oral presentations.

    READINGS: Lugones (I); Todorov (II)

    Lugones. “The Firestorm”. The fantastic at the end of the 19th Century. A model for the analysis of narrative.

    READINGS: Lugones and Quiroga (Animals) (I); begin reading The Invention of Morel.

    QUIZ 1. Motifs: (1) Animals= Lugones (“Yzur”) and Quiroga (“Juan Darién”).

    READINGS: Quiroga (I)

    The fantastic in Quiroga: “The Feather Pillow” (Workshop).

    READINGS: Quiroga (I)

    Presentation 1: Quiroga’s “The Son”

    Research project explication.

    READINGS: Borges (I)

    QUIZ 2. BB/AB. Introduction to Borges. The fantastic revolution.

    READINGS: Borges (I)

    List of topics for research project.

    Borges’ “The South”.

    READINGS: Borges (I) and Borges (II)

    Borges. “The Aleph”. The significance of Borges.

    READINGS: Duncan (II)

    QUIZ 3. Workshop on research project.

    The political fantastic. Movie: Moebius.

    READINGS: Finish and prepare The Invention of Morel.

    The political fantastic. Movie: Moebius. Discussion. Review.


    READINGS: begin reading Aura

    Love and sci fi. The Invention of Morel.


    Workshop on research project.

    Presentation 3: The Invention of Morel.

    READINGS: García Márquez and Alonso (Angels) (I)

    QUIZ 4. Motifs: (2) Angels= Gabriel García Márquez (“A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings”) and Dora Alonso (“Sophie and the Angel”)

    READINGS: Finish and prepare Aura.

    Love and gothic. Aura.

    Presentation 4: Aura.

    READINGS: Fuentes (I)

    The fantastic and history. Carlos Fuentes’ “Chac Mool”

    READINGS: Garro (I)

    Presentation 5: Elena Garro’s “It’s the Fault of the Tlaxcaltecas”

    READINGS: Arreola and Rojo (Technology) (I)

    QUIZ 5. Motif: (3) Technology= Juan José Arreola (“Baby HP”; “Announcement”; and Pepe Rojo (“Gray Noise”)


    The political fantastic. Movie: Sleep Dealer.

    The political fantastic. Movie: Sleep Dealer. Discussion.

    READINGS: Cortázar (I)

    The Neo Fantastic. Julio Cortázar “Letter to a Young Lady in Paris”.

    Research project presentations.

    H. Attendance Policy

    Course Attendance at First Class Meeting – Policy for Graduate Students: For structured courses, 6000 and above, the College/Campus Dean will set the first-day class attendance requirement. Check with the College for specific information. This policy is not applicable to courses in the following categories: Educational Outreach, Open University (TV), FEEDS Program, Community Experiential Learning (CEL), Cooperative Education Training, and courses that do not have regularly scheduled meeting days/times (such as, directed reading/research or study, individual research, thesis, dissertation, internship, practica, etc.). Students are responsible for dropping undesired courses in these categories by the 5th day of classes to avoid fee liability and academic penalty. (See USF Regulation – Registration - 4.0101,

    Attendance Policy for the Observance of Religious Days by Students: In accordance with Sections 1006.53 and 1001.74(10)(g) Florida Statutes and Board of Governors Regulation 6C-6.0115, the University of South Florida (University/USF) has established the following policy regarding religious observances: (

    In the event of an emergency, it may be necessary for USF to suspend normal operations. During this time, USF may opt to continue delivery of instruction through methods that include but are not limited to: Blackboard, Elluminate, Skype, and email messaging and/or an alternate schedule. It’s the responsibility of the student to monitor Blackboard site for each class for course specific communication, and the main USF, College, and department websites, emails, and MoBull messages for important general information.

    I. Policy on Make-up Work

    There are no make-ups or extra-credit, except in emergency cases. Emergency is defined as: a) serious illness or accident or b) death, serious illness or accident in your immediate family. Except in the stated cases, NO LATE WORK WILL BE ACCEPTED.

    Grades of “Incomplete”: The current university policy concerning incomplete grades will be followed. Incomplete grades are given only in situations where unexpected emergencies prevent a student from completing the course and the remaining work can be completed the next semester. Your instructor is the final authority on whether you qualify for an incomplete. Incomplete work must be finished by the end of the subsequent semester or the “I” will automatically be recorded as an “F” on your transcript.

    PLAGIARISM/CHEATING IS NOT TOLERATED. Please be sure to review the university’s policy in the student handbook. I reserve the right to use an automated system that compares each student's assignment with billions of web sites, as well as an enormous database of student papers that grows with each submission. Accordingly, you may be expected to submit all assignments in both hard copy and electronic format. After the assignment is processed, I receive a report from that states if and how another author’s work was used in the assignment. For a more detailed look at this process visit The penalty for plagiarism is a “FF” (a F grade that cannot be erased from a student’s record).

    J. Program This Course Supports

    MA in Spanish

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