Gwybodaeth Modiwlau

Module Identifier
Module Title
Spanish America 2-Literature and Society in Argentina
Academic Year
Intended for use in future years
(Normally) Eligibility for entry to Level 3 Spanish.

Course Delivery



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


This module is at CQFW Level 6