Spanish & Portuguese | Early Spanish Literature I
S521 | 4126 | Impey


Olga T. Impey
email: IMPEY
MW 11:15 am - 12:30 pm    3 cr   section # 4126
Ballantine Hall 237

DESCRIPTION AND OBJECTIVES:

This course will offer an in-depth study of the most important Spanish
literary works written between the twelfth and fourteenth centuries.  It
will also explore the cultural background that produced these works, the
genres to which they belong lyrical, narrative, dramatic) and the
traditions inscribed in them Latin, Arabic, Provençal, etc.). In
addition, the course aims to:

1.   Provide students with a basic understanding of specific medieval
concepts and literary conventions;
2.   Demonstrate that Spanish medieval literature is a vital link
between Classical and Renaissance literatures;
3.   Develop interpretative skills that will allow students to:
a)   comment cogently and persuasively on given literary works;
b)   evaluate the critical reception these works enjoyed across the
centuries.
c)   draw syntheses through pertinent associations with other works;

THE READING LIST WILL INCLUDE:

POEMA DE MIO CID ed. Colin Smith, Cátedra):
Berceo, MILAGROS DE NUESTRA SEÑORA ed. Solalinde, Espasa Calpe,
Clásicos Castellanos, 44);
Alfonso el Sabio, ANTOLOGÍA ed. Margarita Peña,
Porrúa, 229);
LIBRO DE APOLONIO ed. Dolores Corbella, Cátedra):
Arcipreste de Hita, LIBRO DE BUEN AMOR ed. Gybbon Monypenny,
Castalia, 161)
B. Mujica, ANTOLOGÍA DE LA LITERATURA ESPAÑOLA.

Class activities:

Lectures will alternate with seminar-type classes.  In-depth reading
and class discussion of each work and familiarization with the basic
bibliography of Spanish medieval literature constitute the core of this
course.  Students will write an annoted bibliography 15 articles) or a
research paper 10-12 pp., in Spanish, typed, double spaced).  The topic
will be chosen as early as possible in the semester, in consultation with
the professor.  Two written examinations.

S521 will be taught in Spanish.