Survey of Spanish Literature (FALL ONLY)

Universidad de Deusto - Bilbao

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Survey of Spanish Literature (FALL ONLY)

  • 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 goals of the course are to provide students with knowledge about the different periods in Spanish Literature from its beginning, with a special emphasis on Golden Age (16th and 17th centuries) movements and trends, and to help them explore the cultural, social, and literary values shown on the selection of representative works from those periods. Furthermore, the literary texts will offer students the chance to develop their reading and discussion techniques, and will also be the basis of the written papers to be assigned by the instructor, who will offer guidance on these assignments.
    SYLLABUS
    WEEKS 1-2
    1. Middle Ages
    1.1. Social and cultural context
    1.2. General features
    1.3. Main topics
    1.4. Methodology for text analysis:
    ? Jarchas: Selection.
    ? Gonzalo de Berceo: ?El labrador avaro? from Milagros de Nuestra Señora.
    ? Juan Ruiz, Arcipreste de Hita: ?Ejemplo del mozo que quería casarse con tres mujeres? and ?Encuentro de don Melón y doña Endrina? from Libro de buen amor.
    ? Jorge Manrique: Selection from ?Coplas por la muerte de su padre?.
    WEEKS 3-7
    2. Golden Age (Renaissance and Baroque)
    2.1. Social and cultural context
    2.2. General features
    2.3. Main topics
    2.4. Methodology for text analysis:
    ? Garcilaso de la Vega: ?En tanto que de rosa y azucena?.
    ? Santa Teresa de Jesús: ?Vivo sin vivir en mí?.
    ? San Juan de la Cruz: ?Noche oscura del alma? and excerpts from ?Cántico espiritual?.
    ? Luis de Góngora: ?Mientras por competir con tu cabello?.
    ? Francisco de Quevedo: ?Amor constante más allá de la muerte?/ ?Miré los muros de la patria mía?.
    ? Lazarillo de Tormes.
    ? Miguel de Cervantes: Don Quijote de la Mancha, chapters I and II.
    ? Lope de Rueda: Paso Las aceitunas.
    ? Lope de Vega: El caballero de Olmedo (excerpts).
    ? Calderón de la Barca: El alcalde de Zalamea (excerpts).
    WEEK 8
    3. 18th Century
    3.1. Social and cultural context
    3.2. General features
    3.3. Main topics
    3.4. Methodology for text analysis:
    ? Félix María de Samaniego: ?La cigarra y la hormiga?.
    ? José Cadalso: ?Carta XXVI?, from Cartas marruecas.
    WEEKS 9-10
    4. 19th Century
    4.1. Social and cultural context
    4.2. General features
    4.3. Main topics
    4.4. Methodology for text analysis:
    ? Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer: Rima IV ?No digáis que agotado su tesoro?/Rima XXX ?Asomaba a sus ojos una lágrima?/Rima LXVI ?¿De dónde vengo??.
    ? Rosalía de Castro: ?Ya no mana la fuente, se agotó al manantial?/ ?En sus ojos rasgados y azules?/ ?Hora tras hora, día tras día?.
    ? Mariano José de Larra: ?Vuelva usted mañana?.
    ? Leopoldo Alas ?Clarín?: ?Adiós cordera?.
    WEEKS 11-12
    5. 20th Century
    5.1. Social and cultural context
    5.2. General features
    5.3. Main topics
    5.4. Methodology for text analysis.
    5.5. Texts from Generación del 98:
    ? Miguel de Unamuno: San Manuel Bueno, mártir.
    ? Antonio Machado: ?Anoche cuando dormía?/ ?A un olmo seco?.
    ? Juan Ramón Jiménez: ?El viaje definitivo?/ ?Vino, primero pura...?.
    WEEK 13
    5.6. Texts from Generación del 27:
    ? Federico García Lorca: ?La aurora?.
    ? Rafael Alberti: ?El mar, la mar?/ ?Desahucio?.
    ? Dámaso Alonso: ?Insomnio?.
    WEEKS 14-15
    5.7. Texts from post-war and current literature
    ? Ignacio Aldecoa: ?Seguir de pobres?.
    ? Soledas Puértolas: ?Viejas historias?.
    ? Esther Tusquets: ?Orquesta de verano?.
    ? Blas de Otero: ?En el principio?/ ?Anchas sílabas?/ ?Pido la paz y la palabra?.
    ? Gabriel Celaya: ?La poesía es un arma cargada de futuro?.
    ? Jaime Gil de Biedma: ?Albada?/?Apología y petición?.
    ? Antonio Buero Vallejo: Historia de una escalera
    ? Alfonso Sastre: Escuadra hacia la muerte
    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 in class beforehand at home.
    Besides, they will need to write 4 two three-page essays on topics suggested by the instructor, which will relate to texts of the different literary periods.
    ASSESSMENT
    Students? grades will be calculated according to the following breakdown:
    - Participation: 10%
    - Class assignments: 10%
    - Written assignments: 40%
    - Final exam: 40%
    Note: Specific requirements for graduate credit will be assigned at the beginning of the course.
    BIBLIOGRAPHY
    - ALBORG, Juan Luis, Historia de la Literatura Española, 6 vols., Madrid: Gredos.
    - DÍEZ BORQUE, José Mª., Comentario de textos literarios. Método y práctica, Madrid: Playor, 1988 (15ª ed.)
    - El último tercio del siglo (1968-1998). Antología consultada de la poesía española, Madrid: Visor, 1998.
    - ENCINAR, Ángeles y PERCIVAL, Anthony (eds.), Cuento español contemporáneo, Madrid: Cátedra, 1993.
    - FERRERAS, Juan Ignacio (dir.), Historia crítica de la Literatura Hispánica, 36 vols., Madrid: Taurus.
    - FRAILE, Medardo (ed.), Cuento español de posguerra, Madrid: Cátedra, 1988.
    - FRIEDMAN, Edward H., VALDIVIESO, Teresa L., VIRGILIO, Carmelo, Aproximaciones al estudio de la literatura hispánica, New York: McGraw-Hill, 1998 (4ª ed.).
    - GARCÍA DE LA CONCHA, Víctor (ed.), Poetas del 27. La generación y su entorno. Antología comentada, Madrid: Espasa-Calpe (Austral), 1998.
    - Historia de la Literatura Española, 7 vols., Barcelona: Ariel.
    - MARTÍNEZ CACHERO, José Mª., Antología del cuento español (1900-1939), Madrid: Castalia, 1994.
    - MERINO, José Mª. (ed.), Los mejores relatos españoles del siglo XX, Madrid: Alfaguara, 1998.
    - 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.
    - RUIZ RAMÓN, Francisco, Historia del Teatro Español. Siglo XX, Madrid: Cátedra, 1992.
    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.

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