Spanish and Portuguese | Spanish Literature of the 20th & 21st Centuries
S548 | 31388 | R. Vila-Belda
Professor Reyes Vila-Belda
S548 Spanish Literature of the 20th & 21st Centuries
TR 8:00a – 9:15a/section# 31388/3 cr./BH 321
Topic: “20th-Century Spain: Intellectual and Popular Responses to
The aim of this course is to survey 20th century Spanish literature,
situating literary texts in their intellectual and socio-historical
context. This will allow us to rethink their cultural meanings and
implications, as well as to view them as a response to power.
Reading works by authors such as Machado, Valle-Inclán, García
Lorca, Martín Santos, Martín Gaite, and Vázquez Montalbán, among
others, will enable us apply techniques and theories of literary
analysis to the cultural and historical developments that have
shaped contemporary Spain. Starting with the "Fin de siglo", we
will consider the cultural implications of the Institución Libre de
Enseñanza and the Residencia de Estudiantes, the Vanguardias, the
Second Republic, the Civil War, the dictatorship of Franco and the
transition to democracy. Along the way, we will discuss concepts
such as national identity and periphery, hegemony and popular
This course is entirely conducted in Spanish.
Requirements: two exams (midterm and final), class presentations and
one research paper.
Active participation in class discussion is expected.