English (ENGL) 458

The Latin American Novel (Revision 1)

ENGL 458 Course Cover

Delivery Mode: Individualized study online

Credits: 3

Area of Study: Humanities

Prerequisite: ENGL 211, ENGL 212 or equivalent first year courses. It is recommended, but not mandatory, that students also take either ENGL 345 or ENGL 361, or another intermediate literature course.

Faculty: Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

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English 458 is a concentrated study of the Latin American novel, focusing on fiction and memoir written in the context of history, politics, culture, identity, and genre. The course focuses on the following topics:

  • the nature of Latin American literature
  • the questions of politics and history
  • major themes or literary styles


  • Unit 1: Gabriel García Márquez, One Hundred Years of Solitude
  • Unit 2: Miguel Angel Asturías, The President
  • Unit 3: Clarice Lispector, The Hour of the Star
  • Unit 4: César Aira, How I Became a Nun
  • Unit 5: Mayra Montero, Captain of the Sleepers
  • Unit 6: Ernesto Guevara, The Motorcycle Diaries


To receive credit for ENGL 458, you must achieve a composite course grade of at least D (50 percent). The Latin American Novel you must complete two essay assignments, one research paper, and a final exam; you must receive a grade of at least 50 per cent on each of these requirements. The following chart indicates the assignment activity and the percentage given to each course requirement in arriving at a final composite mark for the course

Assignment Credit Weight
Essay 1 20%
Essay 2 20%
Research Paper 30%
Final Exam 30%
Total 100%

The final examination for this course must be taken online with an AU-approved exam invigilator at an approved invigilation centre. It is your responsibility to ensure your chosen invigilation centre can accommodate online exams. For a list of invigilators who can accommodate online exams, visit the Exam Invigilation Network.

To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.

Course Materials


García Márquez, Gabriel, and Gregory Rabassa. One Hundred Years of Solitude. New York: Harper Perennial Modern Classics, 2006.

Asturías, Miguel Angel. The President. Prospect Heights IL: Waveland. 1997.

Lispector, Clarice. The Hour of the Star.  New York: New Directions. 1992.

Aira, César. How I Became a Nun. New York: New Directions. 2007.

Montero, Mayra. The Captain of the Sleepers. New York: Picador. 2007.

Guevara, Ernesto. The Motorcycle Diaries: Notes on a Latin American Journey. Melbourne: Ocean Press. 2003.

Other Materials

All other materials can be found in or through the online course.

Challenge for Credit Overview

The Challenge for Credit process allows you to demonstrate that you have acquired a command of the general subject matter, knowledge, intellectual and/or other skills that would normally be found in a university-level course.

Full information about Challenge for Credit can be found in the Undergraduate Calendar.

Challenge Evaluation

To receive credit for the ENGL 458 challenge registration, you must achieve a grade of at least 50 per cent on the examination, and a grade of at least D (50 percent) overall.

Activity Weighting
Essay 50%
Exam 50%
Total 100%

Undergraduate Challenge for Credit Course Registration Form

Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.

Opened in Revision 1, August 15, 2017.