Spanish MA

Women's Expressions Of Selfhood Across South America HISP4030

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Modern Languages and Cultures
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Runs Throughout Semesters 1 and 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

South American and Brazilian writing will be explored by the reading and critical analysis of some of Spanish America and Brazil's key women writers of poetry, fiction, and criticism. Works will be set in context by a structured general overview of contemporary movements and of South American history and politics between the early 20th century to the present, including the dictatorships of Argentina, Chile, and Brazil.


20x1hr seminars over both semesters as scheduled in MyCampus.


This is one of the honours options in SMLC and may not run every year. The options that are running this session are available on MyCampus.

Excluded Courses





Commentary (1000 words) - 20%

Essay (2000 words) - 50%

Group presentation, within which each student in the group will talk for c.5 minutes (15% group mark and 15% individual mark) - 30%

Main Assessment In: April/May

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? Not applicable

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 

Course Aims

This course will provide the opportunity to:

■ explore South American and Brazilian writing and visual art by key women writers and artists;

■ analyse texts within a critical framework built upon feminist and gender studies;

■ expose the students to differences in South American culture, ethnicity, race, and gender.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ critically engage with the works of certain major South American women from the beginning of the 20th century to today;

■ relate texts to their cultural and historical context in and out of South America and Brazil;

■ speak and write critically on topics they have studied, particularly on questions of women's writing and visual art and its relationship to the South American/Brazilian canons;

■ engage with secondary literature in the field and be able to use it appropriately.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.