Department of Literature

College of Social Sciences and Humanities

Welcome to USFQ's Literature Department.

The Literature Department seeks to promote literary appreciation and criticism through a wide variety of courses offered, which can be taken by all USFQ students. The department offers literature courses in Spanish and English, from Ecuadorian and Latin American literature to global literature. Thus, the department promotes the introduction of students in the field of studies and literary theory, especially those inclined towards reading, to the history of discourse and writing as an expressive medium.

The department also offers a sub-specialization in literature.


  • World Literature
  • Literary Theory and Criticism
  • Hispanic-American Stories
  • Afro-Latinx Literature
  • Brazilian Literature
  • Hispanic-American Literature
  • Hispanic-American Poetry
  • Ecuadorian Stories
  • Ecuadorian Oral Literature
  • Ecuadorian Novel
  • Ecuadorian Poetry
  • Science Fiction
  • Latin-American Literature and Film
  • Children and Youth Literature
  • Literature and Vampires
  • Fantasy Stories
  • Feminine Literature
  • Literature and Gender
  • The Latin-American Boom
  • 19th Century Female Writers and Press
  • Colonial Literature
  • Indigenous Literature
  • Don Quixote
  • Spanish Golden Age
  • Hispanic-American Novel
  • Postmodern Literature
  • Political Repression-Literature
  • Advanced Themes
  • LGBT Literature
  • The Art of Poetry
  • Children's Literature
  • African American Literature
  • Intro to U.S. Literature
  • Intro to British Literature
  • Spies and Espionage
  • Tolkien, Rowling, and Martin
  • The Short Story
  • Victorian Literature
  • Literature and Ecology
  • Postcolonial Literature
  • Representing Medicine & Science
  • Shakespeare
  • Topics in Science Fiction
  • The Films of Alfred Hitchcock


USFQ Independent Book Fair - FLI USFQ

The FLI USFQ is the project of bonding with the society of the Literature Department. It seeks to promote the independent and university publishing production of our country among students and inhabitants of the Tumbaco Valley and the general public, opening a space for exchange for national and international bookstores, publishers, and authors.

The FLI USFQ activities are:

  1. The Independent Book Fair that takes place the first week of October of each year and consists of the sale of books from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm, in art exhibitions, recitals, and dialogue tables between the actors of the literary and cultural scene.
  2. Recitals that take place throughout the school year in bookstores, cultural centers, and spaces dedicated to art and culture in general.
  3. Conversations that take place throughout the school year in bookstores, cultural centers, and spaces dedicated to art and culture in general.

Coordinator: María Auxiliadora Balladares,

Website: Independent Book Fair

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