SPAN 326: Treasures of Spanish-Language Literature and Culture

SPAN 326-001: Multimedia Storytelling
(Spring 2019)

04:30 PM to 07:10 PM R

Aquia Building 347

Section Information for Spring 2019

SPAN 326 - 001: Multimedia Storytelling

The marriage plot in 19th-century newspaper serials. The revisionist history in 20th-century revolutionary film. The working-class fable in the modern telenovela. The outlaw genre in current narco drama. In modern Latin American history, traditional and alternative forms of storytelling have developed across a variety of media formats, playing a crucial role in the formation of social identity. In this course we will contextualize the rich history of Latin American media storytelling within modern processes of industrialization, nation-building and globalization. How did newspapers, radio and film make traditional stories national as Latin American states grew in the twentieth century? How did radical films that spoke back to power develop alongside socialist discourses in the wake of the Cuban revolution? What are the consequences to identity as Latin American narratives become global on film, television and streaming services? Readings in narrative theory and cultural studies will accompany our close analysis -- and enjoyment -- of literary and media texts. Course conducted in Spanish. Recommended Prerequisite: Advanced oral and written proficiency in Spanish, to be determined by the instructor.

Image from: La Niña (Rodrigo TrianayCamilo Vega, Caracol Televisión/Netflix, 2016), Web, November 6, 2018,


Course Information from the University Catalog

Credits: 3

Introduces key themes and trends in Spanish-language literature and culture in the global context. Content varies across texts, media or other cultural practices. May be repeated within the degree for a maximum 6 credits.
Recommended Prerequisite: Advanced oral and written proficiency in Spanish, to be determined by the instructor.
Schedule Type: Lecture
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.
Additional Course Details: Taught in Spanish

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