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Unit information: Contemporary Latin(x) American Poetry in 2020/21

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Unit name Contemporary Latin(x) American Poetry
Unit code HISP20115
Credit points 20
Level of study I/5
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1 (weeks 1 - 12)
Unit director Dr. Kosick
Open unit status Not open




School/department Department of Hispanic, Portuguese and Latin American Studies
Faculty Faculty of Arts

Description including Unit Aims

This unit will explore the rich terrain of contemporary poetry within the American hemisphere. It will draw on examples of poetry by writers in Latin America as well as by Latinx writers in the United States. Students will read poetry written originally in Spanish, Portuguese, and English (as well as poetry written in a mix of these and other languages). It will challenge students to consider the how people, texts, and ideas circulate, making use of studies of migration, translation, and media. It will ask students to investigate the socio-political context of the contemporary Americas and to examine how poetry responds to and situates itself within this context. This unit will be open to both Spanish and Portuguese students. Translations of key texts will be provided as necessary.


  • to introduce students to the landscape of contemporary poetry in the Americas;
  • to develop and foster practice in a comparative approach to Latin American studies;
  • to enhance skills in literary analysis and interpretation;
  • to develop students’ abilities to think critically about the relationship between poetry and politics;
  • to facilitate students’ practice with an evidence-driven approach to argumentation.

Intended Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, a student will be able to:

  1. analyse, describe, and interpret poetry within the context of the key trends in Latin(x) American poetry;
  2. utilise enhanced comparative skills, both literary and geo-cultural;
  3. develop sophisticated written analyses in response to set (primary, theoretical, historical) texts in a foreign language;
  4. formulate their findings in language that is accurate and to an appropriately high standard of presentation;
  5. collaborate effectively on a joint project.

Teaching Information

Teaching will be delivered through a combination of synchronous sessions and asynchronous activities, including seminars, lectures, and collaborative as well as self-directed learning opportunities supported by tutor consultation

Assessment Information

1 x group presentation (summative, 40%) testing ILOs 1-5

1 x 2500-word essay (students will suggest own essay titles in collaboration with the instructor) (60%) testing ILOs 1-4

Reading and References

Key texts for this class will include selections by:

Cecilia Vicuña

Leonardo Gandolfi

Rosa Alcalá

Vickie Vértiz

Angélica Freitas

Urayoán Noel

Roy G. Guzmán