Spring 2016

Journeys to/from/in Spain

Listed in: Spanish, as SPAN-393

Moodle site: Course (Guest Accessible)


Catherine V. Infante (Section 01)


From journeys of lovers to religious pilgrimages, voyages of conquest and exploration to imaginary excursions, journeys of war and slavery to picaresque adventures, among other types of travel, the theme of the “journey” is replete in Spanish literature. With a particular emphasis on the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, this course will explore historical and fictional accounts of journeys to, from, and in Spain. Taking into consideration a variety of genres and authors, we will examine different motives that spurred real individuals and fictional characters to leave their homes in Spain and travel to new lands and in other cases we will look at what caused them to return to their homeland. Some of the works studied in class will include narratives of conquest and exploration in the New World, sea voyages in the Mediterranean (for example, Cervantes), spiritual journeys (such as the Spanish mystics), trips to the other world (including some of Quevedo’s Sueños), tales of homeless wanderers (the picaresque novel), female travelers, and perspectives from visitors to Spain from other countries such as France (d’Aulnoy) and Morocco (al-Ghassani). Conducted in Spanish.

Requisite: SPAN 199, 211 or 212 or consent of the instructor. Limited to 18 students. Spring semester. Professor Infante.

If Overenrolled: Priority given to Spanish majors


Attention to Speaking, Attention to Writing


2020-21: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Spring 2016