Places of Latin America
Module code: SP2038
Module co-ordinator: TBC
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.
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%)
- 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)