From the Back Cover
More than an anthology, Momentos cumbres de las literaturas hispanicas offers a new method of teaching literary analysis. Abundant analytical steps (pasos) help students connect with the reading and more fully comprehend the material. Structured around moments of extraordinary literary achievement, Momentos cumbres provides examples from both Spain and Latin America for each literary modality. Some literary history and biographical information are provided in the text and expanded more fully in the accompanying Web site.Highlights
- Spanish and Spanish-American writers are presented in the same chapter, enabling students to see the cultural links between writers from both sides of the Hispanic world.
- An emphasis on literary interpretations gives students guidelines to understand the works presented.
- Carefully thought-out "pasos" accompany each text in the anthology and introduce students to the techniques of literary analysis. The first set of pasos is designed to help students understand the literal meaning of the text; the second set assists students in decoding the subtext of the reading.
- This two-prong, post-reading pedagogical structure allows instructors to assign the first "pasos" for homework and focus on the second for classroom discussion.
- Expanded canon includes a section devoted to the feminine voice in Spanish literature and provides students with more balanced coverage.
- One comprehensive volume provides students with a cost-effective text, as they need only one book for both Spanish and Spanish-American survey courses.
About the Author
Rodney Rodríguez is Professor of Spanish and Chair of the Department of Modern Languages at Manhattan College/ The College of Mount Saint Vincent in New York City. A native of Tampa, Florida, he has his undergraduate degree from Florida State University and his advanced degrees from Northwestern University (Evanston, IL). His many publications center primarily on eighteenth and nineteenth-century narrative and modern Spanish poetry. He is currently the chair of the Spanish SAT II Test Development Committee for the College Board.