[National/Regional] Literature in Translation

I.     Course Prefix/Number: EGL 229

       Course Name: [National/Regional] Literature in Translation

       Credits: 3 (3 lecture; 0 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

EGL 101 or placement in EGL 101.

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course introduces students to literature in translation from any national or regional literature not written in English. Content includes primary periods or themes of national or regional literature; social, historical, and cultural contexts of literary works; relationship of individual writers to national or regional literary traditions; and terminology and methods of literary analysis and evaluation.

IV.   Learning Objectives

The student will be able to:

  1. Identify some of the major works and periods of National/Regional literature in translation.
  2. Explain the complexities of race, gender, nationality, region, and class within the National/Regional literary tradition.
  3. Delineate the social, intellectual, cultural, and historical influences specific to a National/Regional literary tradition.
  4. Interpret the formal, elements of these works, using appropriate terminology, such as: theme, conflict, figurative language, etc.
  5. Analyze works in the context of their literary, cultural, and historical backgrounds.
  6. Synthesize knowledge of genre, formal elements, and background material.
  7. Incorporate secondary sources in the analysis and interpretation of literary texts.

V.    Academic Integrity and Student Conduct

Students and employees at Oakton Community College are required to demonstrate academic integrity and follow Oakton's Code of Academic Conduct. This code prohibits:

• cheating,
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.

There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.

Please review the Code of Academic Conduct and the Code of Student Conduct, both located online at

VI.   Sequence of Topics

Readings will provide an overview of at least two periods of the development of national or regional literature. Readings may be organized chronologically, thematically. A thematic organization would group texts according to themes central to a national or regional literature and present across periods. A chronological organization would emphasize historical periods in the development of a national or regional literature.

One possible outline: Latin American Literature, organized by period.

WeekTopics Covered
1 - 2 Introduction to course policies and procedures.
The Colonial Period
The Popol Vuh
Fray Bartolomé de las Casas
El Inca, Garcilaso de la Vega
3 Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz
New Nations
4 - 5 Esteban Echeverría
Domingo Faustino Sarmiento
Ricardo Palma
Joaquin Maria Machado de Asis
The Contemporary Period
6 Rubén Darío
Leopoldo Lugones
7 - 8 Horacio Quiroga
Paulo Barretto
Ricardo Guiraldes
Romulo Gallegos
9 Mid-term presentations.
10 - 11 Luisa Mercedes Levinson
Jorge Luis Borges
Alejo Carpentier
María Luisa Bombal
12 Miguel Angel Asturias
Juan Carlos Onetti
13 - 14 Juan Rulfo
Augusto Roa Bastos
Julio Cortázar
Rosario Castellanos
15 Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Mario Vargas Llosa
16 Final presentations.

VII.  Methods of Instruction

The course will be conducted through lectures, discussion, readings, and the supplementary use of other appropriate media such as films, records, etc.
Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

Course may be taught as a face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

Reading, writing, oral presentations, and testing. A minimum of three critical essays of at least 750 words each.

IX.   Instructional Materials

Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton's Schedule of Classes.

Novels, short stories, poetry and/or drama by writers from the designated country or region. Films, audiovisual materials and/or guest lectures may be used when appropriate.

Suggested text for the example focus on Latin American Literature:
The Oxford Book of Latin American Short Stories – Edited by Roberto González Echevarría, Oxford University Press, 1999

Other Latin American Anthologies in translation may be substituted.

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

In addition to exams and written/oral assignments, students will be evaluated on their active and prepared participation in class discussions and other projects.

College-level essay writing will comprise at least 30% of the final course grade.

XI.   Other Course Information

In this section, each instructor should specify policies on attendance, make-up exams, late assignments, etc.

If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.

Oakton Community College is committed to maintaining a campus environment emphasizing the dignity and worth of all members of the community, and complies with all federal and state Title IX requirements.

Resources and support for
  • pregnancy-related and parenting accommodations; and
  • victims of sexual misconduct
can be found at www.oakton.edu/title9/.

Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at www.oakton.edu/lgbtq.

Electronic video and/or audio recording is not permitted during class unless the student obtains written permission from the instructor. In cases where recordings are allowed, such content is restricted to personal use only. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited. Personal use is defined as use by an individual student for the purpose of studying or completing course assignments.

For students who have been approved for audio and/or video recording of lectures and other classroom activities as a reasonable accommodation by Oakton’s Access Disabilities Resource Center (ADRC), applicable federal law requires instructors to permit those recordings. Such recordings are also limited to personal use. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited.

Violation of this policy will result in disciplinary action through the Code of Student Conduct.