Cien años de identidad: Introducción a la literatura latinoamericana del siglo XX
Georgetown University Press, 2018
Paper: 978-1-62616-567-0
Library of Congress Classification PC4129.E5C654 2018
Dewey Decimal Classification 468.2421


Cien años de identidad: Introducción a la literatura latinoamericana del siglo XX [One Hundred Years of Identity: Introduction to Twentieth-Century Latin American Literature] is an advanced Spanish textbook and Latin American literature anthology, guiding students through the critical analysis of fourteen literary and filmic texts published between 1889 and 1995, including works from Jorge Luis Borges, Isabel Allende, and Gabriel García Márquez that represent some of the seminal works of Latin America. The textbook is designed to introduce students to the richness of twentieth-century Latin American literature and culture, while building their skills in textual analysis through an examination of the theme of identity. The featured texts examine the complex and multifaceted topic of identity as the authors and protagonists struggle to understand themselves, determine their relationship to the world and others, and give meaning and significance to their existence. The textbook guides students step-by-step through critical analysis by presenting a range of tools and progressing from simple to more complex exercises and activities throughout the book. It is divided into four units based on various types of identity formation: (1) racial, ethnic, gender and class identity, (2) existential(ist) identity, (3) temporal and spatial identity, (4) political and sexual identity. Serving as both a Latin American literature anthology and an upper-level Spanish textbook, Cien años de identidad aims to hone reading and interpretive strategies, while also improving Spanish vocabulary and comprehension, oral and written communication, and cultural competency.

Features: • Complete unabridged works from these authors: Isabel Allende, Jorge Luis Borges, Rosario Castellanos, Julio Cortázar, Rubén Darío, Carlos Fuentes, Gabriel García Márquez, José Martí, Judith Ortiz Cofer, and Sergio Vodanovic• Complete pedagogy included for the novel El beso de la mujer araña by Manuel Puig‬ and the film Fresa y chocolate by Tomás Gutiérrez Alea and Juan Carlos Tabío, although these two works are not anthologized in the textbook• Additional cultural contexts and author biographies for each text, as well as appropriate glosses and numbered lines for easy reference in class discussions• Four end-of-unit chapters focused on comparative literature strategies that are designed to coach students on how to compare authors and texts across common themes and further improve critical analysis strategies• Seventeen post-reading quizzes or homework assignments as well as a final examination, available to instructors only through the publisher website

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