Introduction to the Analysis of Hispanic Literature I

Universidad de Deusto - Bilbao

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Introduction to the Analysis of Hispanic Literature I

  • Host University

    Universidad de Deusto - Bilbao

  • Location

    Bilbao, Spain

  • Area of Study

    Literature

  • Language Level

    Advanced

    Hours & Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4
  • Overview

    The main goal of the course is to improve the students' reading, writing, and analytical techniques, and their use of appropriate methodological instruments for the interpretation of literary texts, as well as to help them acquire a general knowledge of Spanish and Latin American literature, from their origins through the 19th century, through representative works from different genres: fiction, poetry, and drama. By analyzing these texts, students will also explore the underlying social, cultural, and literary values on them.
    SYLLABUS
    WEEKS 1-6
    1. FICTION
    1.1. Introduction to the genre of fiction
    1.2. Methodological procedures for the analysis of narrative texts
    1.3. Historical overview of Spanish fiction through the 19th century
    1.4. Spanish narrative texts:
    - Don Juan Manuel: "Lo que le sucedió a un zorro con un cuervo que tenía un pedazo de queso en el pico", from El conde Lucanor
    - Francisco de Quevedo: Excerpts from El Buscón
    - Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer: "El monte de las ánimas"
    - Emilia Pardo Bazán: "Las medias rojas"
    - Benito Pérez Galdós: Marianela (*)
    1.6. Historical overview of Latin American fiction through the 19th century
    1.7. Latin American narrative texts:
    - Bernal Díaz del Castillo: "De la manera e persona del gran Montezuma, y de cuán grande señor era", from Historia verdadera de la conquista de Nueva España
    - Esteban Echeverría: "El matadero"
    - Ricardo Palma: "La camisa de Margarita"
    - Horacio Quiroga: "La guerra de los Yacarés"
    - Eugenio Cambaceres: Sin rumbo*
    WEEKS 7-11
    2. POETRY
    2.1. Introduction to the genre. Poetic language.
    2.2. Methodological procedures for the analysis of poems
    2.3. Historical overview of Spanish poetry through the 19th century
    2.4. Spanish poems:
    - Excerpts from Cantar de Mio Cid
    - Romancero: "El enamorado y la muerte"
    - Garcilaso de la Vega: "A Dafne ya los brazos le crecían"
    - Gutierre de Cetina: "Ojos claros, serenos"
    - Fray Luis de León: "Oda a la vida retirada"
    - Lope de Vega: "Cuando me paro a contemplar mi estado"
    - Francisco de Quevedo: "Es hielo abrasador, es fuego helado"
    - Tomás de Iriarte: "El burro flautista"
    - José de Espronceda: "Canción del pirata"
    - Rosalía de Castro: "Las campanas"
    2.5. Historical overview of Latin American poetry through the 19th century
    2.6. Latin American poems:
    - Francisco de Terrazas: "Dejad las hebras de oro ensortijado" / "Soñé que de una peña me arrojaba"
    - Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz: "A su retrato"/ "Esta tarde, mi bien, cuando te hablaba" / "Hombres necios que acusáis"
    - Gertrudis Gómez de Avellaneda: "Al partir"/"A él"
    - Salvador Díaz Mirón: "Ejemplo"
    - José Hernández: excerpt from Martín Fierro
    - Manuel González Prada: "El mitayo"
    - Rubén Darío: "Lo fatal" / "Era un aire suave"
    - Amado Nervo: "La pregunta" / "Si tú me dices"
    WEEKS 12-15
    3. DRAMA
    3.1. Introduction to the genre of drama
    3.2. Methodological procedures for the analysis of plays
    3.3. Historical overview and main categories
    3.4. Plays:
    - Fernando de Rojas: excerpts from La Celestina
    - Miguel de Cervantes: Entremés from El retablo de las maravillas
    - Lope de Vega: excerpts from Fuenteovejuna
    - Tirso de Molina: excerpt from Don Gil de las calzas verdes
    - Calderón de la Barca: excerpt from La vida es sueño
    - Leandro Fernández de Moratín: excerpt from El sí de las niñas
    - José Zorrilla: Don Juan Tenorio*
    NOTE: The texts marked with an asterisk * are full books.
    METHODOLOGY
    It will be based on the instructor's theoretical explanations on the features of different literary genres and on the selected authors and texts. It will also focus on the comment and discussion of these explanations by students. Therefore, students will need to read and prepare the texts to be commented on in class beforehand at home.
    Throughout the course, students will need to write four 2-3-page-long essays on the topics suggested by the instructor about texts of different literary genres.
    ASSESSMENT
    Students' grades will be calculated according to the following breakdown:
    - Participation: 10%
    - Class assignments: 10%
    - Written assignments: 40%
    - Final exam: 40%
    BIBLIOGRAPHY
    - CÁRDENAS, Julio, Antología de la Poesía Hispanoamericana, México: Editores Mexicanos Unidos, 1976.
    - DÍEZ BORQUE, José Mª., Comentario de textos literarios. Método y práctica, Madrid: Playor, 1988 (15ª ed.)
    - FERRERAS, Juan Ignacio (dir.), Historia crítica de la Literatura Hispánica, 36 vols., Madrid: Taurus.
    - FLORES, Ángel (ed.), Narrativa Hispanoamericana (1816-1981), 8 vols., México: Siglo XXI, 1981.
    - FRANCO, Jean, Historia de la literatura hispanoamericana, Barcelona: Ariel, 1987.
    - FRIEDMAN, Edward H., VALDIVIESO, Teresa L., VIRGILIO, Carmelo, Aproximaciones al estudio de la literatura hispánica, New York: McGraw-Hill, 1998 (4ª ed.).
    Historia de la Literatura Española, 7 vols., Barcelona: Ariel.
    - MADRIGAL, Luis Íñigo (ed.), Historia de la literatura hispanoamericana, 2 vols., Madrid: Cátedra, 1987.
    - OVIEDO, José Miguel, Historia de la literatura hispanoamericana, 4 vols., Madrid: Alianza, 2001.
    - QUILIS, Antonio, Métrica española, Barcelona: Ariel, 1988.
    - RICO, Francisco (dir.), Historia y crítica de la Literatura Española, 9 vols., Barcelona: Crítica.
    - RICO, Francisco, La poesía española. Antología comentada, 3 vols., Barcelona: Círculo de Lectores, 1991.
    NOTE: The student must be registered for Spanish III or have an equivalent level of Spanish.
    NOTE: Class attendance is essential in all courses. Therefore, it will be checked daily. Missing classes will negatively affect the student's final grade.Subjects Offered

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