Spanish and Portuguese | Readings for Honors
S498 | 17474 | Professor Alejandro Mejías-López

HISP-S 498 Readings for Honors (3 credits)         LITERATURE
Prerequisite:  S331 and S332 or equivalent

This course is for majors who are doing Honors in Spanish.  This
HISP-S 498, #17494 meets with HISP-S 474 Hispanic Literature &
Society.  If you are leaning toward Literature for your background
on your honors thesis, you may want to consider taking this HISP-S
498 course.

HISP-S 498   #17494   4:00P-5:15P   TR   Room=TBA
Prof. Alejandro Mejías-López
Contact Karla Allgood in BH 844 for permission or e-mail

Descriptions for HISP-S 474 follows:

HISP-S 474  Hispanic Literature & Society  (3 credits)	LITERATURE
Prerequisite:  S331 and S332 or equivalent.

Topic: Writing (in) the city:  contemporary literature and urban
space in Latin America and Spain.

From the last decades of the 19th century to the present, both Latin
America and Spain have undergone a dramatic process of urban
transformation and growth and many of their cities have gone from
sleepy towns to highly populated and sophisticated cosmopolitan
capitals.  In this course, we will study how the city has shaped
literary and cultural production and how, in turn, literature and
other cultural texts have imagined, shaped, and reshaped urban
spaces during the past two centuries.  We will center our discussion
on concrete case studies:  Buenos Aires, Santiago, México DF, and
Madrid.  From the great urban narratives of 19th century realism to
current postmodern and fragmented views of the “global city,” works
discussed in class may include literary texts by Blest Gana,
Cambaceres, Galdós, Valenzuela, Eltit, Fuguet, and Muñoz Molina;
TREMULA, and EL MISMO AMOR, LA MISMA LLUVIA; and theoretical essays
by Rama, De Certeau, García Canclini, and Soja.