Fall 2016

Strange Girls: Spanish Women's Voices

Listed in: Sexuality, Women's and Gender Studies, as SWAG-232  |  Spanish, as SPAN-232

Formerly listed as: SPAN-32  |  WAGS-09


Sara J. Brenneis (Section 01)


(Offered as SPAN 232 and SWAG 232)  Although at times derided as abnormal "chicas raras," Spanish women have carved out a particular niche in the history of Spanish literature.  These novelists, poets, essayists and short story authors have distinguished themselves by tackling issues of sexuality, subjectivity, isolation, sexism and feminism head-on.  But how do we define an escritura femenina in Spain and what, if anything, differentiates it as a gendered space from canonical "masculine" writing?  This course examines the social, historical and cultural transformations women have undergone in Spain from the end of the nineteenth century to the beginning of the twenty-first century.  We will explore a variety of texts and literary genres by authors such as Rosalia de Castro, Carmen Laforet, Carmen Martín Gaite, Ana Rosetti and Dulce Chacón. In addition, students will create their own canon by becoming the editors of an Anthology of Spanish Women's Writing. This course is conducted in Spanish.

Requisite: SPAN 199, 211 or 212 or consent of the instructor.  Limited to 15 students.  Fall semester.  Professor Brenneis.

If Overenrolled: Priority given to 1)Spanish majors, 2)WAGS majors, 3)Amherst students, 4)5-C students

Cost: $60.00 ?

SPAN 232 - L/D

Section 01
Tu 10:00 AM - 11:20 AM BARR 102
Th 10:00 AM - 11:20 AM BARR 102

This is preliminary information about books for this course. Please contact your instructor or the Academic Coordinator for the department, before attempting to purchase these books.

ISBN Title Publisher Author(s) Comment Book Store Price
Nada Destino (Spain) Carmen Laforet required Amherst Books TBD
La voz dormida Punto de Lecturas (Spain) Dulce Chacón required Amherst Books TBD

These books are available locally at Amherst Books.


2024-25: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Spring 2009, Spring 2011, Spring 2012, Fall 2013, Fall 2016