Course Description

Course Name

Introduction to Literary Analysis

Session: VSJW1120

Hours & Credits

48 Contact Hours

Prerequisites & Language Level


  • Prior to enrolling in courses at this language level, students must have completed or tested out of a minimum of four semesters (or six quarters) at the college level.


Name of the course: Introduction to Literary Analysis
Code: SPN 3000
Contact Hours: 48 hrs
This course introduces students to the study of literature in Spanish and presents the basic skills for literary analysis.
The student will acquire the terminology and critical methods to produce informed readings of various genders.
The course will also introduce basic concepts of literary theory.
The discussion, assignments, and papers will be in Spanish.
1. Introduce students to different genres: prose, poetry, and drama.
2. Provide the students the concepts and methods needed to describe and analyze literary texts in Spanish.
3. Expose students to basic theoretical concepts and approaches to literary texts.
In this course the theoretical concepts are introduced along with the reading of the literary texts that better present each approach to literary analysis.
1. Introduction: An approach to the question What’s literature and its constitutive elements.
2. Study basic terms and vocabulary associated with literary analysis: literary figures, tropes, symbols.
3. Presentation of different genres, its characteristics and mayor historical periods of Hispano-American literature.
4. Introduction to basic theoretical approaches to literary texts.
5. Study different forms of lyrics and its elements: rhythm, rhyme, and metrics.
Short Stories
El Hombre muerto. Horacio Quiroga.
El almohadón de plumas.Horacio Quiroga
Es que somos tan pobres. Juan rulfo.
Diles que no me maten. Juan Rulfo.
Luvina.Juan Rulfo.
El jardín de los senderos que se bifurcan.Jorge Luis Borges.
El Aleph.Jorge Luis Borges.
Carta a mamá.Julio Cortázar.
Carta a una señorita en París.Julio Cortázar.
Todos los fuegos el fuego.Julio Cortázar.
Del sentimiento de lo fantástico.Julio Cortázar.
De cronopios y de famas.Julio Cortázar.Selection
Animales y hombres. Augusto Monterroso.Selection
La maravillosa tarde de Baltasar y otros.Gabriel García Márquez.
Cuentos de Eva Luna.Isabel Allende.Selection
El árbol. María Luisa Bombal.

*Course content subject to change