Each reading is accompanied by pre- and post-reading activities as well as by role-playing, creative-writing, and other follow-up activities that students can use to expand on the themes presented in each reading.
Students are exposed to literary terminology. With each reading, a different aspect of literary analysis is presented (e.g., the use of dialogue, tone, narrative voice). Students are then asked to apply this new knowledge in a deeper analysis of the reading as a creative work.
READINGS IN LECTURAS LITERARIAS Capitulo 1 La colmena (selecciones), by Camilo Jose Cela (Spain) "Rosamunda", by Carmen Laforet (Spain) Capitulo 2 "Con los ojos cerrados", by Reynaldo Arenas (Cuba) Tiempo muerto (selecciones), by Avelino Stanley (Dominican Republic) Capitulo 3 "Cristina Martinez" from Mujeres de ojos grandes, by Angeles Mastretta (Mexico) Querida Diego, te abraza Quiela (selecciones), by Elena Poniatowska (Mexico) Capitulo 4 "La fiaca" (selecciones), by Ricardo Talesnik (Argentina) El cartero de Neruda (selecciones), by Antonio Skarmeta (Chile) Capitulo 5 "El banquete", by Julio Ramon Ribeyro (Peru) "El sueno del pongo", by Jose Maria Arguedas (Peru) Capitulo 6 Unica mirando al mar (selecciones), by Fernando Contreras Castro (Costa Rica) "Pandora", by Claribel Alegria (El Salvador)
Anne Lambright is Associate Professor of Modern Languages and Literature in the Hispanic Studies Program at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut. She earned her Ph.D. in Latin American Literature from the University of Texas at Austin. Her research and teaching focus is on contemporary Latin American Literature, Andean literature, indigenismo, and Latin American women's writing, topics on which she has published several articles and books. She is the author of Creating the Hybrid Intellectual: Subject, Space, and the Feminine in the Narrative of Jose Maria Arguedas and co-author of Unfolding the City: Women Write the City in Latin America (2007), with Elisabeth Guerrero. In addition, she is the co-author of Metas: Spanish in Review, Moving Toward Fluency (2008). Sharon Wilson Foerster retired from the University of Texas at Austin in 2001, where she had been the Coordinator of Lower-Division Courses in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, directing the first- and second-year Spanish language program and training graduate assistant instructors. She continues to teach in the Spanish Summer Language School at Middlebury College in Vermont. She received her Ph.D. in Intercultural Communications from the University of Texas in 1981. Before joining the faculty at the University of Texas, she was Director of the Center for Cross-Cultural Study in Seville, Spain, for four years. She continues her involvement in study abroad through her work as Director of the Spanish Teaching Institute and as Academic Advisor for Academic Programs International. She is the co-author of the following McGraw-Hill titles: Pasaporte: Spanish for High Beginners (2009); Supplementary Materials to accompany Puntos de partida, Eighth Edition (2009); Metas: Spanish in Review, Moving Toward Fluency (2008); Punto y aparte: Spanish in Review, Moving Toward Fluency, Third Edition (2007); Lecturas literarias: Moving Toward Linguistic and Cultural Fluency Through Literature (2007); Metas comunicativas para maestros (1999); and Metas comunicativas para negocios (1998).