New short stories in La narrativa include those by Augusto Monterroso , Soledad Puértolas, and Mario Benedetti.
To retain popular classical literature in La poesía, Garcilaso de la Vega’s “Soneto IV” replaces “Soneto XI” and Luis de Góngora’s “Soneto C III” has been replaced with “Soneto LXXXVI.”
Additions to El drama include one of Miguel de Cervantes’s best-known entremeses: El juez de los divorcios, as well as Emilio Carballido’s timely El censo.
Bio-bibliographies of living and deceased authors have been updated.
The number of explanatory notes, glosses, and parenthetical renditions of elusive Spanish terms has been incremented to render the book more user-friendly.
Panoramas históricos have been expanded to provide readers with a greater understanding of modern and present political, social, and economic developments in the Spanish-speaking world. These sections continue to stress the pluralistic and significant contribution of today’s Hispanic women, who are contributing unprecedented thematic variables and gender-related discourse.
Coverage of all four genres of literature (narrative, poetry, drama, and essay) gives students a broad introduction to literature and gives instructors the flexibility to choose from a variety of literary selections.
Each genre begins with a thorough introductory section about the genre and the readings, including both theory and the application of theory.
The text teaches the technical vocabulary of the Hispanic literary critic to students who possess a relatively limited knowledge of Spanish.
Readings are followed by Cuestionario (comprehension-based questions), Identificaciones (identification questions), and Temas (topics for discussion and writing).
Useful appendices include excerpts from critical essays, examples of poetic verse classifications by syllables, and a glossary of literary terms.