Spring 2025

Spanish Antifa

Listed in: European Studies, as EUST-426  |  Spanish, as SPAN-426


Sara J. Brenneis (Section 01)


(Offered as SPAN 426 and EUST 426) Spanish Antifa heroes, saboteurs, and spies have driven the longest anti-fascist resistance in Europe. Spaniards have been at the vanguard of anti-fascism from the Spanish Civil War in the 1930s, to the fight against Nazi genocide during World War II, to opposition to the populist Trump-inspired Vox party of the twenty-first century. This course will consider the men and women of diverse political beliefs who risked their lives to put down fascist movements in Spain and throughout Europe. Through an examination of primary sources such as memoirs, photographs, and newspapers as well as contemporary films, graphic novels, television, and social media, we will explore resistance tactics, international espionage, and anti-fascism through the lens of gender, revisionist histories, and the long-lasting legal and social implications of attempts to thwart authoritarian oppression. This course will also consider the legacy of fascism and anti-fascism in Spain, tracking the influence on the present-day international Antifa and contemporary social justice movements. Students will encounter and investigate diverse digital archives to develop a semester-long archival research project. Conducted in Spanish.

Requisite Spanish 301 or permission of instructor. Spring Semester: Professor Brenneis.

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Students who enroll in this course will likely encounter and be expected to engage in the following intellectual skills, modes of learning, and assessment: Emphasis on critical reading, written work, independent research, group work and dialogue in Spanish. Assessments are based on short written archival reports, in-class participation, participation in Moodle discussion forums and the final research paper.

Course Materials


2023-24: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2021, Spring 2025