Spanish and Portuguese | Topics in Spanish Medieval Literature
S618 | 26608 | O. Impey
Professor Olga Impey
S618 Topics in Spanish Medieval Literature
Topic: Sentimental Narrative: Continuity and Change
W 4:00pm – 6:30pm/class# 26608/3cr./Location TBA
This course aims to encompass the research interests not only of
students who specialize in medieval literature, but also of those
who are interested in tracing medieval traditions in Golden Age and
modern literary works. The purpose of the course is threefold:
1. To inquire into the much debated question of the existence
of a sentimental genre in Spanish medieval literature. This stage of
the course will cover contemporary criticism on the matter, such as
Regula Rohland de Langbehn’s "La unidad genérica de la novela
española de los siglos xv y xvi", Robert Folger’s "Images in Mind.
Lovesickness in Spanish Sentimental Fiction & Don Quijote, Studies
on the Spanish Sentimental Romance" (Eds. J.J. Gwara and Michael
2. To analyze the main Spanish sentimental texts of the Middle
Ages: Juan Rodríguez del Padrón’s S"iervo libre de amor", Diego de
San Pedro’s "Cárcel de amor", Juan de Flores’ "Grisel y Mirabella"
and "Grimalte y Gradisa", the anonymous works "Triste deleytaçion"
and "Question de amor". A thorough analysis, based on
narratological, comparative and psychological approaches, will allow
students to identify a number of features that appear in all the
texts, features that will lead to a positive definition of a
sentimental genre or to it rejection.
3. To complete an annotated bibliography and a 20 pp. research
paper, whose aim would be to prove either the continuity or the
demise of the medieval sentimental mode in pre-modern and modern
Hispanic literary works (Cervantes’ "Don Quijote", Julian
Marias’ "El hombre sentimental", etc.).