Mediated Lives: Intermedial Fiction from Latin America (MLS3069)

StaffDr Katie Brown - Convenor
Credit Value15
ECTS Value7.5
NQF Level6
Pre-requisitesMLS2001 or equivalent
Duration of Module Term 1: 11 weeks;

Module aims

This module aims to introduce you to theories of intermediality in the Latin American context, increasing your understanding of the role of the media in Latin America and how this has shaped literary fiction. The module will allow you to practise both close textual reading and broader critical analysis of secondary material. This module also aims to develop your comprehension of written Spanish, and your skills in communication, intercultural understanding and research.

ILO: Module-specific skills

  • 1. Demonstrate understanding of the use of radio, film and television in Latin American fiction
  • 2. Assess the set texts in relation to critical theory of intertextuality and intermediality

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

  • 3. With some guidance from the course tutor, evaluate and apply a range of critical approaches to the material covered
  • 4. Mount a detailed argument in the appropriate register of English, mustering a range of textual or other evidence in its support
  • 5. Understand and use, in written and oral contexts, a range of critical terms
  • 6. Following broad guidelines, locate and identify library and electronic resources on a given topic

ILO: Personal and key skills

  • 7. Conduct independent study, including the presentation of material for group discussion, developed through seminars
  • 8. Digest, select and organise material to produce, to a deadline, a coherent and cogent argument, developed through the mode of assessment.
  • 9. Interact effectively with the tutor and the wider group

Syllabus plan

Whilst the content may vary from year to year, it is envisioned that it will cover some or all of the following topics:

  • An introduction to theories of intertextuality and intermediality
  • The role of screen media in Latin America.
  • Dictatorship and escapism: El beso de la mujer araña (Manuel Puig, Argentina)
  • Mediated memory: Fuenzalida (Nona Fernández, Chile)
  • The Revolution as spectacle: Rating (Alberto Barrera Tyszka, Venezuela)
  • Conclusions

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching 5Lectures. Provides framework for independent study and assessment
Scheduled Learning and Teaching 10Seminars. Includes time for group discussion and interactive materials and assessed presentations.
Scheduled Learning and Teaching 1Conclusion
Guided Independent Study134Preparation for the sessions through reading and research.

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Essay plan750 words1-8Mark and written comments

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Essay702500 words1-8Mark and written comments
Individual presentation3010 minutes, plus 500 word handout1-9Mark and written comments

Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
EssayEssay1-8Referral/deferral period
Individual presentationIndividual presentation (to lecturer)1-9Referral/deferral period

Re-assessment notes

Deferral – if you miss an assessment for certificated reasons judged acceptable by the Mitigation Committee, you will normally be either deferred in the assessment or an extension may be granted. The mark given for a re-assessment taken as a result of deferral will not be capped and will be treated as it would be if it were your first attempt at the assessment.

Referral – if you have failed the module overall (i.e. a final overall module mark of less than 40%) you will be required to submit a further assessment as necessary. If you are successful on referral, your overall module mark will be capped at 40%.

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

Primary sources

  • Barrera Tyszka, Alberto. Rating (Barcelona: Anagrama, 2011)
  • Fernández, Nona. Fuenzalida (Sanitago de Chile: Mondadori, 2013)
  • Puig, Manuel. El beso de la mujer araña. (Barcelona: Seix Barral, 1976, or other edition).

Select secondary reading

  • Allen, Graham. Intertextuality. (London: Routledge, 2011)
  • Gackstetter Nichols, Elizabeth and Timothy R Robbins. Pop Culture in Latin America and the Caribbean. (Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO, 2015).
  • Garde-Hansen, Joanne. Media and Memory. (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2011)
  • Swanson, Philip. The New Novel in Latin America: Politics and Popular Culture After the Boom. (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1995).

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Latin America, intermediality, fiction, TV, film, memory, politics