Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Intended for use in future years
(Normally) Eligibility for entry to Level 3 Spanish.

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 1 per week
Seminars / Tutorials 4 per semester


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Continuous Assessment: Essay 2000-2500 words  30%
Semester Exam 2 Hours   Written exam. 2 essays in 2 hours  70%
Supplementary Exam 1 x 2 hour examination if continuous assessment submitted. 1 x 3 hour examination if no continuous assessment submitted.  100%

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the module students will:

1) have an insight into major trends of Argentine history with particular references to the Anglo-Argentine Alliance and Peronism;
2) be able to relate key literary texts to their historical, social or cultural background;
3) be able to explian and evaluate literary texts with greater critical awareness
4) have had further developed skills in making
a) oral presentations
b) writing essays

Brief description

A brief introduction to Argentine society, followed by the detailed study of two representative but contrasting authors: Jose Hernandez and Jorge Luis Borges.

Argentina is perhaps the most European of all Latin American countries as a result of mass immigration and Europeanising policies adopted in the second half of the nineteenth century. This module offers a brief introduction to Argentine society, followed by detailed study of two representative but contrasting texts. Hernandez's 'Martin Fierro' was a defence of the local gaucho against the consequence of change, while Borges reflects the cosmopolitanism of twentieth-century Argentina. It is an advantage, but not a prerequisite, to have taken module SP20510.


weeks 1-3 Argentina, 1852-1992.
weeks 4-5 Jose Hernandez, 'Martin Fierro'
weeks 6-11 The Prose Fiction of Jorge Luis Borges

Reading List

Should Be Purchased
Jorge Luis Borges El Aleph Alianza Primo search Jorge Luis Borges Ficciones Alianza Primo search
Essential Reading
Jose Hernández Martin Fierro Catedra Primo search
Supplementary Text
Amaral, Samuel. (1998.) The rise of capitalism on the pampas :the estancias of Buenos Aires, 1785-1870 /Samuel Amaral. Cambridge University Press Primo search Auyero, Javier. (2001.) Poor people's politics: Peronist survival networks and the legacy of Evita /Javier Auyero. Duke University Press Primo search Ferns, H. S. (1977.) Britain and Argentina in the nineteenth century /by H[enry] S. Ferns. Arno Press Primo search Grindle, Merilee Serrill. (2000.) Audacious reforms: institutional invention and democracy in Latin America /Merilee S. Grindle. Johns Hopkins University Press Primo search Levitsky, Steven. (2003.) Transforming labor-based parties in Latin America :Argentine Peronism in comparative perspective /Steven Levitsky. Cambridge University Press Plotkin, Mariano Ben (2003.) Manana es San Peron: a cultural history of Peron's Argentina /Mariano Ben Plotkin. Scholarly Resources Primo search Rock, David (1975.) Argentina in the twentieth century Duckworth Primo search Rock, David (1986.) Argentina, 1516-1982: from Spanish colonization to the Falklands War /David Rock. Tauris Primo search Rock, David (1987.) Argentina, 1516-1987: from Spanish colonization to Alfons in /David Rock. University of California Press Primo search Romero, Luis Alberto. (c2002 (2003 pri) A history of Argentina in the twentieth century /Luis Alberto Romero ; translated by James P. Brennan. Pennsylvania State University Press Primo search Shumway, Nicolas. (c1991.) The invention of Argentina University of California Press Primo search Smith, Peter H (1969.) Politics and beef in Argentina; patterns of conflict and change /[by] Peter H. Smith. Columbia University Press Primo search (1993.) Argentina since independence /edited by Leslie Bethell. Cambridge University Press Primo search (1972.) Historia argentina /[dirigida por Tulio Halperin Donghi]. Editorial Paidos Primo search (1973.) Jose Hernandez :estudios reunidos en conmemoraci on del Centenario de El gaucho Mart in Fierro, 1872-1972. Universidad Nacional de La Plata, Faculdad de Humanidades y Ciencias de la Educaci on Primo search (1998.) Peronism and Argentina /edited by James P. Brennan. SR Books Primo search ([1980]) Proyecto y construcci on de una naci on :Argentina, 1846-1880 /selecci on, pr ologo y cronolog ia, Tulio Halperin Donghi. Biblioteca Ayacucho Primo search


This module is at CQFW Level 6