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An ABC for Enjoying Argentine Literature

Explore the works of three influential figures in Argentine literature and experience Argentine culture, history, and geography.

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  • Duration

    3 weeks
  • Weekly study

    3 hours

Appreciate the key themes and traditions portrayed by famous Argentine authors

This course explores Argentine culture from the perspectives of three renowned writers: María Teresa Andruetto, Jorge Luis Borges, and Julio Cortázar.

On this course, you will focus on a selection of their works that reflect important aspects of Argentine culture and history through their characters and settings.

Through these readings, you will discover the city of Córdoba and the countryside, the plains of the gauchos and the river banks, and Buenos Aires. You will compare the works of these famous authors and gain an appreciation of their individual styles.

Skip to 0 minutes and 13 seconds They say there is some magic in literature.

Skip to 0 minutes and 21 seconds It can take you to places you’ve never been,

Skip to 0 minutes and 29 seconds challenging the boundaries of time and space.

Skip to 0 minutes and 35 seconds This course will introduce you to some of the works of three outstanding Argentine writers.

Skip to 0 minutes and 44 seconds You will learn about the imaginaries of the Argentine culture while exploring different settings.

Skip to 1 minute and 0 seconds Get to know the characters that left a mark in Argentina’s history

Skip to 1 minute and 7 seconds and how literature contributed to our national identity.

Skip to 1 minute and 16 seconds Enjoy engaging stories, read to you by renowned authors,

Skip to 1 minute and 26 seconds take part in discussions with experts in the field,

Skip to 1 minute and 31 seconds Learn from articles and videos, without the need for previous experience.

Skip to 1 minute and 41 seconds Join us on this exciting tour. We’re looking forward to sharing this experience with you.

What topics will you cover?

  • The importance of setting and characters in literature. Cultural imaginaries.
  • María Teresa Andruetto’s works: her depiction of Córdoba, its people and culture.
  • Jorge Luis Borges’s works: from the Pampean plains to the suburbs in Buenos Aires.
  • Julio Cortázar’s work: from Paris to Buenos Aires.

Learning on this course

On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Explore the works of Andruetto, Borges and Cortázar.
  • Develop the ability to identify key elements in each of the author’s works.
  • Identify different fictional depictions of settings and characters that are representative of Argentine culture and literature.
  • Compare productions by Andruetto, Borges and Cortázar.

Who is the course for?

This course is for anyone interested in Argentine literature, culture, and the works of Andruetto, Borges, and Cortázar. No specific knowledge is necessary, however, it’s advisable that you be able to read the texts in Spanish.

Who will you learn with?

Dr. Sergio Di Carlo is a professional specialized in applied linguistics. He has been involved in research projects in the fields of foreign language learning and educational technology. @SergioDiCar

PhD Laura Fandiño is a specialist in Latin American literature. She works as a researcher and professor in the School of Languages, National University of Córdoba.

Who developed the course?

Universidad Nacional de Córdoba

Universidad Nacional de Córdoba (UNC) is a tuition-free public university funded by the Argentine government. Founded in 1613, it is the oldest university in Argentina and one of the most prestigious.

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  • Complete 90% of course steps and all of the assessments to earn your certificate

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