Spanish and Portuguese | Seminar in Hispanic Studies
S708 | 28972 | M. Dinverno

Professor Melissa Dinverno
email: mdinvern

S708	Seminar in Hispanic Studies

TR 9:30a – 10:45a/section# 28972/3 cr./WY 111

Topic: Reading and Rewriting García Lorca

Political poster child, cultural icon, artistic genius, defender of
the marginal, Federico García Lorca enjoys an almost mythic presence
in Spain's cultural identity and is widely considered perhaps the
most important modern Spanish writer.  Indeed, Lorca’s reach and
popularity grew rapidly during his lifetime, but he is one of the
few Spanish writers that continues to have an enduring presence in
dialogues on contemporary Spanish and Hispanic culture.  This
seminar will both return to Lorca’s artistic production in an effort
to study the multifaceted corpus he created during the 1920s and 30s
and analyze how his corpus has been constructed by literary critics.

The social, cultural, aesthetic, and political projects of pre-Civil
War Spain will contextualize our work with a range of literary and
visual texts such as "Suites", "Canciones", "Amor de don
Perlimplin", "Romancero gitano", "Poeta en Nueva York", "El
público", "conferencias", the “Rural Triptic/Trilogy”, and
the "Sonetos del amor oscuro".  We will engage the extensive
critical discourse on lorquiana as we analyze the texts, attempting
to characterize the critical construction of this corpus and
identify new lines of inquiry.  With this in mind, we will look at
both Lorca’s canonical works as well as less studied pieces that may
contest and/or complement current constructions of the author and
his work.  Our explorations will be informed by theoretical readings
regarding the main issues we will follow throughout the course, such
as aesthetic experience and notions of modernity, power,
gender/sexuality, and desire.  Some of the questions we will deal
with include:  What projects or practices of the Spanish avant-garde
does Lorca engage or contest, or what are the philosophical and
aesthetic premises of his work?  How does Lorca’s discourse on
gender and sexuality change over time, and in what ways does it
respond to gender/sex politics of 1920s and 1930s Spain?  How does
Lorca’s work engage notions of the subaltern and either break or
reinforce hegemonic power relations?  In what ways does Lorca’s
artistic corpus respond to modernization, mechanization, and
modernity in Spain and beyond, and how does it dialogue with ongoing
debates at the time?

Course evaluation will likely include 2 oral presentations, an
annotated bibliography and abstract, and a final research paper.