SPAN 397 - Peninsular Seminar
Planned Offering: Offered when interest is expressed and departmental resources permit.
Prerequisites: SPAN 215 or 275 and SPAN 220. A seminar focusing on a single period, genre, motif, or writer. The specific topic will be determined jointly according to student interest and departmental approval. Recent topics have included “The Female Voice in Hispanic Literature,” “19th- and 20th-Century Spanish drama,” “Women Writers of the Golden Age,” and “Romanticism and the Generation of ‘98.” May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different.
Topic for Winter 2013:
SPAN 397: Peninsular Seminar: Representaciones de la Guerra Civil Española (3). This course examines the fundamental importance of the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939) in literary and visual texts of the Franco and contemporary periods of Spain. Through readings of these literary and visual texts, we come to understand the evolution of often conflicting histories, ideologies, obsessions, and artistic notions surrounding the war itself and its consequences. After a review of the events leading up to the Spanish Civil War and of the prelude to the Second World War, we observe how the themes and issues of the war manifest in fiction, poetry, film, and other visual texts. Literature includes works by Federico García Lorca, Jaime Gil de Biedma, Carmen Laforet, Alberto Méndez, and Mercè Rodoreda. Visual texts include paintings, posters, newspapers, letters, government documents, documentaries, fictional films, and NO-DO reels from the Franco era. (HL) Mayock.
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