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2023-2024 WWCC College Catalog 
2023-2024 WWCC College Catalog

ENGL 211 - Literature of The Spanish-Speaking World

Credits: 5
LEC hours per week: 5
This class examines some of the Spanish speaking world’s great literary traditions and texts in the form of poems, novels, stories, plays, essays, memoirs, music, film, and art, and includes authors of varied nations, ethnicities, social classes, and genders. The class studies Latinx artists from the United States as well. The literature includes works originally composed in Spanish as well as in English and encompasses literature variously identified as Latino, Hispanic, Chicano, etc. Students do not need to know Spanish in order to take this class. The class will study texts in English translations with some texts available in bilingual formats.
Course Outcomes:
  • Evaluate how social, cultural, and literary traditions inform our understanding of a people’s literature.
  • Determine how literature outside the European-American tradition is relevant for all.
  • Evaluate the contribution stylistic elements have on a work’s theme and meaning.
  • Explore the rise of formerly marginalized voices in literary traditions.
  • Distinguish the unique voices of authors from the same tradition or culture.
  • Articulate complex ideas and themes and develop them using evidence.
Course Topics:
  1. Novels
  2. Poetry
  3. Plays
  4. Painting
  5. Film
  6. South American and Chicano Literature
  7. European (Spanish) literature and its contrast with “new world” ideas
  8. The rise of the marginalized voice in Latinx literature
  9. The politicization of literature in Latinx literature
  10. The appropriation of native cultures
  11. The assimilation of micro cultures into macro culture
  12. Cultural Capital
Course Attribute(s): Diversity, Humanities