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Unit information: Contemporary Latin(x) American Poetry in 2022/23

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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 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Dr. Kosick
Open unit status Not open
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School/department Department of Hispanic, Portuguese and Latin American Studies
Faculty Faculty of Arts

Unit Information

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.

Your learning on this unit

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.
  6. design and develop an independent topic of research.

How you will learn

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

How you will be assessed

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

1 x 2500-word essay (60%) testing ILOs 1-4 and 6


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How much time the unit requires
Each credit equates to 10 hours of total student input. For example a 20 credit unit will take you 200 hours of study to complete. Your total learning time is made up of contact time, directed learning tasks, independent learning and assessment activity.

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The Board of Examiners will take into account any extenuating circumstances and operates within the Regulations and Code of Practice for Taught Programmes.