So it looks like it's my turn to teach a course I dread, the "Introduction to Literary Analysis" in Spanish course, next semester. The one where you usually use the canonical textbook Aproximaciones al estudio de la literatura hispánica Just to clarify to my readers who are not in my field, this course, as it is traditionally taught, has no theory whatsoever. It's just basic concepts of literary analysis: narrator, point of view, versification, etc... While I'll be the first to say that it is something important to teach, I find it really boring if it's the only thing I'll be doing the whole semester. I taught the course once, did my usual "innovative" syllabus from scratch, and while some things worked, I'll be the first one to admit that it was confusing and some things just did not work. So my question is: any suggestion as to how to spice the syllabus up? This is a 300-level course. I know I can make it a little more challenging, and most students would respond. Also, not all literary genres need to be covered if I don't want to. And I can add readings in English if I feel like it.
So, all things considered, what would you suggest to make the course more appealing to me? I know that the intended audience are the students, but if I find the course appealing and enjoy the syllabus, I can make the students engage with the material without a problem. That is why I am thinking about me first.