Spanish MA

Foundational Fictions: The Nineteenth Century HISP4114

  • 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

This course will study foundational literary texts and nonfictional thought of the Hispano-American nineteenth century, focusing on Chile and Argentina. It will place texts in historical and theoretical context, examining dominant historical and intellectual concerns in this region after political independence.


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





Time-limited assignment to be completed over a 4-day period at the end of semester 1 (1,500 words) - 50%

Essay (2,000 words) - 50%

Main Assessment In: April/May

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? Not applicable for Honours courses

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:

■ introduce students to major literary and nonfictional texts, authors, and genres of nineteenth-century Chile and Argentina;

■ delineate the major historical and intellectual forces that shaped the politics, society and culture of the Southern Cone after political independence;

■ interrogate the ways in which foundational texts instrumentalize populations and exclude particular groups from the idea of the nation.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ critically assess the major genres and literary works of the nineteenth-century Southern Cone;

■ evaluate the political, cultural, and social forces that shaped the foundational century of post-independence Latin America;

■ analyse the cultural and ideological significance of the literary texts studied.

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.