Spanish and Portuguese | Spanish Literature of the 18th and 19th Centuries
S538 | 28227 | Professor Maryellen Bieder


HISP-S 538: Spanish Literature of the 18th and 19th Centuries
Imagining Spain(s): Tradition and Modernity

Fall 2010    #28227     2:30P-3:45P    TR    BH 335
Professor Maryellen Bieder

DESCRIPTION
The period from the end of the 18th century to the turn of
the 20th century embraces the literary movements labeled in
histories of Spanish literature as Enlightenment, Romanticism,
Realism and Naturalism. The course will situate these literary
movements in their historical context and consider to what extent
individual works exemplify and/or defy this categorization. Through
a selection of canonical texts (prose, poetry and drama), the course
will explore how different authors imagined the Spanish people and
the newly emerging Spanish nation. The course will also test the
hypothesis that the modern novel as a genre defines itself by
referring to other forms of cultural production and marking its
distance from them.
We will read complete core texts: plays and novels. We will
also read two course packs: one incorporates selections of prose and
poetry; a second draws together important new critical readings of
authors, genres and movements. We will discuss Chapter 1 of LA
REGENTA; there is insufficient time to read the entire novel.
(Zola’s NANA, in French or English translation, is recommended
reading, as is George Borrow’s THE BIBLE IN SPAIN.)
Each student will make two oral presentations: one on a poem
or essay, the second on a critical essay. There will be two to four
short (2-page) response papers on assigned readings (literature).
The final course paper is a minimum of 12 pages, including notes and
works cited. If possible, depending on the size of the class, at the
end of the semester all students will give a short presentation on
their paper’s thesis and conclusion.

TEXTBOOKS
EL SI DE LAS NINAS, LA COMEDIA NUEVA (1806, 1799). Clásicos Castalia
DON ALVARO (1834). Clásicos Castalia.
EL ESTUDIANTE DE SALAMANCA (1840). Cátedra
DON JUAN TENORIO (1844). Clásicos Castalia
LOS PAZOS DE ULLOA (1886). Cátedra
LA DESHEREDADA (1881). Alianza

ON COURSE: PRIMARY TEXTS
Feijoo: “Defensa de la mujer”
Larra: artículos de costumbre
Espronceda: “A Jarifa en una orgía,” “Canción del pirata,”
Gómez de Avellaneda: poemas
Coronado: poemas
Bécquer: RIMAS, “EL MISERERE,” “Los ojos verde,”“El rayo de la
luna”
Castro: poemas
Böhl de Faber, LA CORRUPTORA Y LA BUENA MAESTRA
LA REGENTA: Capítulo 1 [(1885). Clásicos Castalia. 2 vols.]

ON COURSE: CRITICAL READINGS