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SP3148 The Argentine and Chilean Avant-Garde (1920s-1930s)

SCOTCAT credits:15
Academic year(s):2017/8
SCQF Level 9
Planned timetable:To be arranged.

This module is designed to introduce students to the Argentine and Chilean avant-garde poetry of the interwar period through the work of three internationally acclaimed authors: Jorge Luis Borges (Fervor de Buenos Aires, 1923), Oliverio Girondo (Veinte poemas para ser leídos en el tranvía, 1922) and Vicente Huidobro (Altazor, 1931). Its aim is to examine the literary modernisms of Chile and Argentina, probing issues of cultural nationalism, 'Latin Americanness', aesthetic syncretism and urban space.

Place in programme(s) and relationship to other modules


Optional for all degrees involving Spanish once compulsory modules have been taken

UG Pre-requisite(s):Pass at Grade 11 or better in SP2002 or SP2004
UG Co-requisite(s):Compulsory modules for Single and Major Spanish programmes

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact:1 seminar and 1 surgery hour.
Total module hours:
  • Scheduled learning: 16
  • Guided independent study: 134

Assessment pattern

UG As defined by QAA:
  • Written examinations: 0%
  • Practical examinations: 0%
  • Coursework: 100%
UG As used by St Andrews:Coursework = 100%
UG Re-assessment:Coursework = 100%


Module coordinator:Dr E Kefala
Module teaching staff:Dr E Kefala