Latin American Literature and Film

Module code: SP1031
Module co-ordinatorDr Sheldon Penn

Module Aims

You will study a short novel from Colombia, a collection of short stories from Chile and a film based on an Argentine short story directed by a Spanish filmmaker. You will consider the cultural and social themes of each text/film and come to understand the ways in which these are conveyed via their specific linguistic and stylistic forms.

Module Outcomes

At the end of this module you will have acquired a critical understanding of the aesthetic and socio-cultural aspects of each set text/film and a knowledge of their historical contexts. Your oral and written analytical skills will be enhanced through group discussion and individual essay writing.


  • 2 hours of lectures
  • 8 hours of seminars
  • 90 hours of guided independent study


  • Essay, 1,500 to 2,000 words (100%)

Core Texts

  • Allende, Isabel, Cuentos de Eva Luna (The Stories of Eva Luna)
  • Márquez, Gabriel García, Crónica de una muerte anunciada (Chronicle of a death foretold)
  • Film TBC

All texts are available in English translation and the film with English sub-titles.