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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - SPW5375

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Current Status: SCNS Liaison Notified of Graduate Council Approval - 2016-04-21
Campus: Tampa
Submission Type: New
Course Change Information (for course changes only):
Comments: Elective - MA in Spanish. To GC. Approved; To USF Sys 4/21/16; to SCNS after 4/28/16

  1. Department and Contact Information

    Tracking Number Date & Time Submitted
    5282 2015-10-07
    Department College Budget Account Number
    World Languages AS 0124100
    Contact Person Phone Email
    Pablo Brescia 8139748961

  2. Course Information

    Prefix Number Full Title
    SPW 5375 Latin American Short Story

    Is the course title variable? Y
    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) R - Regular
    Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum)
    Lat Am Short Story
    Course Online? Percentage Online
    C - Face-to-face (0% online) 0





    Course Description

    The course examines the state of the Spanish American short story in the 20th Century through reading, analysis and discussion of primary and secondary texts.

  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 an undervalued and understudied area in Latin American literature, exposing students to exciting material and making them aware of the history and theory of the genre in Latin America. Course has been offered several times and has had good enrollment. It also will prepare our students well for their MA examination.

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

    Yes, 3 or more times

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

    PH D in Hispanic Literature and Culture or equivalent

  4. Other Course Information

    A. Objectives

    (1) Identify the coordinates for the study of the Spanish American short story (2) Study its historical evolution (3) Recognize formal changes and how historical and social contexts affected them (4) Recognize major themes

    B. Learning Outcomes

    At the end of the course students should be able to: (1) recognize writers and texts that are fundamental to the history and theory of the Latin American Short Story; (2) establish relationships between texts and their corresponding cultural contexts; (3) express analytically, in written and oral form, their ideas about the topic and (4) engage in a research project resulting in a critical anthology of short stories

    C. Major Topics

    Theory and practice of the short story, fantastic short story, realist short story, magical-realist short story, race, class and gender issues in the short story, technology and the short story

    D. Textbooks

    Readings available in Canvas

    E. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases

    Readings available in Canvas

    F. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy

    1. Short story journal (20%)

    2. Homework assignments (15%)

    3. Exam (15%)

    4. Oral Presentations (20%)

    5. Final project (30%)

    G. Assignments, Exams and Tests

    Introduction to the course. Course Mechanics.

    Readings: Models for literary analysis (Charters in Blackboard).

    Library orientation.

    Readings: A brief history of the short story (Charters in Blackboard)

    Narrative analysis. An example.

    Introduction to the study of literature.

    The Latin American short story: a history.

    Readings: Echevarría 118-124 and material in Canvas.

    The Father of the Modern Latin American Short Story: Quiroga.


    Quiroga: “The Decapitated Chicken”.

    PRESENTATION 1: Quiroga’s “The Feather Pillow”.

    Quiroga’s contributions to the Latin American Short Story.

    Reading and writing workshop.

    Readings: Echevarría 165-200.

    A turn for the strange: Felisberto Hernández.

    Readings: Echevarría 233-241.

    The lyrical voice: María Luisa Bombal.

    PRESENTATION 2: Bombal’s “The Tree”.


    Readings: Fictions

    BB/AB. Introduction to Borges’ universe. Video.

    The Fantastic story: “The South”.

    The Detective Story: “Death and the Compass”.

    PRESENTATION 3: Borges’ “Three Versions of Judas”.

    Borges’ contributions to the Latin American Short Story.



    Readings: The Burning Plains.

    New regionalism? The world of Juan Rulfo.

    “We’re Very Poor”.

    A study in POV: “The Man”.

    PRESENTATION 4: Rulfo’s “They Gave Us the Land”.

    Rulfo’ contributions to the Latin American Short Story. Video.


    Readings: Echevarría 312-317; 327-329.

    A study in the absurd.

    Arreola; PRESENTATION 5: Piñera’s “Meat”.

    Readings: Cortázar material in Blackboard.

    Julio Cortázar: Fiction and poetics. The experimenter.

    “Letter to a Young Lady in Paris”.


    PRESENTATION 6: Cortázar’s “The Night Face Up”.

    Cortázar’ contributions to the Latin American Short Story.

    Readings: Echevarría 345-353.

    Literary workshop: peer editing of first page and a half of essay.

    A woman’s dilemma: Castellanos.

    Readings: Echevarría’s 400-405; 438-442

    The short story 1960s-80s: Lispector and Peri Rossi;

    Readings: material from Canvas (Fuentes)


    Coda: short stories at the border.

    Class evaluation


    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

    1. Late Work Policy: 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.

    2. Grades of "Incomplete": The current university policy concerning incomplete grades will be followed in this course. 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.

    3. Rewrite Policy: No re-writes are allowed in this course.

    4. Essay/homework Commentary Policy: Commentary on essays will be delivered in written format, in the margins and at the end of the essay. However, upon request, an alternate delivery method can be used.

    5. Group Work Policy: Everyone must take part in a group project. The final grade will result of a combination of individual and group performance. Also, everyone must take part in the group report (no cut and paste, please!). Once formed, groups ca

    J. Program This Course Supports


  5. Course Concurrence Information

    Humanities, English

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