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Reading Spain

Listed in: Spanish, as SPAN-389

Moodle site: Course

Faculty

Sara J. Brenneis (Section 01)

Description

In this course, we will examine five works of fiction published in Spain between 1950 and today.The Spanish Civil War ended in 1939 with the beginning of Francisco Franco’s 36-year dictatorship of Spain. Authors in 20th Century Spain were subject to censorship and overt oppression while they attempted to understand their own history and identity and translate it onto the page. Despite these obstacles, these authors produced works of literature that are daring, experimental, emotional, and now canonical. The novels we study bridge the topics of violence, gender, socioeconomic status, religion, cultural repression, and self-understanding. They vary from coming-of-age tales to experimental narrative to mainstream bestsellers.  We will also study historical texts, images, films, and critical articles in order to gain a more complete understanding of the era and its reflection in literature. This is a highly collaborative and participatory course that allows for the discussion of a wide variety of subject matter. Conducted in Spanish.

Requisite: SPAN 199 or 211 or consent of the instructor. Spring semester.  Professor Brenneis.

Keywords

Attention to Speaking, Attention to Writing, Languages Other Than English

Offerings

2016-17: Offered in Spring 2017