Places of Latin America

Module code: SP2038

Module co-ordinator: TBC

Module Aims

This module will consider the literature and culture of four key regions of Latin America: the Mexican plains, the Andean highlands, the Amazonian forests, and the Argentine pampas. As well as considering the literature of these places, this course will explore different Latin American cultural practices and social and economic history.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module students will have developed an understanding of the literature and culture of four regions of Latin America. They will be able to demonstrate their knowledge of the social and historical development of these regions and of their cultural production through written and oral presentations.

Teaching and Learning Methods

Classes will largely take the form of introductory lectures, seminars, and presentations.


  • Essay, 2000-2,500 words (50%)
  • Presentation (20%)
  • Exam, 90 minutes (30%)

Selected Topics

  • Myths and Stories of the Amazon Forest
  • Yagé: Hallucinogen of the Upper Amazon
  • Machu Picchu: City of the Incas
  • Landscape and People of the pampas

Selected Further Reading

Jason Wilson, The Andes: A Cultural History (Oxford: OUP, 2009)

Nicolas Shumway, The Invention of Argentina (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1991)

Nigel J. H. Smith, The Enchanted Amazon Rain Forest: Stories from a Vanishing World (Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 1996)