Education/Newsletter/July 2014/Editing about Literary Theory in UNAM

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Facultad de Filosofía y Letras de la UNAM

Editing about Literary Theory in UNAM

By Iván Martínez (Wikimedia México)

PhD Mónica Quijano, professor in the Faculty of Philosophy and Literature (Facultad de Filosofía y Letras) at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), has incorporated in the last three years an writing test about Literary Theory in Spanish Wikipedia, at the end of a busy semester. In this last months, the students of this optative subject in the Hispanic Literature major, edited about topics as Metaphor, Sociology of reading and Marxist literary criticism, among others.

"As universitarios (UNAM students), we have a social responsibility, which may result in different actions. One is help acquired knowledge to circulate freely. What better way to contribute with the capital from students of the Hispanic Literature major than Wikipedia?", said teacher Quijano, who received the support from Wikimedia Mexico Chapter to review the students' work.

Quijano explains about the use of Wikipedia in her classroom: "During this semester we approach our work from different perspectives: the first part of the course conducted theoretical readings related to the production of encyclopedic discourse and its transformations in recent decades with the popularity of the "wiki" and the internet. The second part was devoted to learning by developing entries in Wikipedia: structure, editorial style, content development and functions from the specific issues that the students decided to work. The seminar served as a workshop where each student presented his proposal, which was discussed and enriched by the rest of the group."

Wikimedia Mexico, invited teacher Quijano to join the Wikipedia Education Program in Mexico next semester.