Spanish & Portuguese | Topics in Spanish Twentieth-Century Literature
S640 | 4131 | Bieder


TOPIC: Constructing Gender and Nationality in Contemporary Spanish
Narrative
Professor Maryellen Bieder
email: BIEDER
TR 9:30 am - 10:45 am   3 cr.  section # 4131
Ballantine Hall 235

The course centers on emerging constructions of gender and nationality
(Spanish, Catalan, Galician) in late 20th-century narratives by female and
male authors.  We will begin with Martín Santos's groundbreaking
novel, TIEMPO DE SILENCIO (1962), a text that radically undermines the
conventions of the traditional Spanish novel and interrogates national
identity, class boundaries, and gender construction.  We will then move to
novels that construct dissident visions of Spanish nationality in Franco's
Spain and more contemporary narratives that explore the formation of
alternative national constructions in post-Franco Spain.  We will trace
attempts to rewrite the exclusion of women from sexuality and open up a
space for different expressions of female and male sexuality.  The
discovery of the new authors writing in contemporary Spain is a further
feature of the course.  Authors include Juan Goytisolo, Carmen
Martín Gaite, Mercè Rodoreda, Carme Riera, and Manuel
Vázquez Montalbán.  Readings in literary theory (especially
narratology and criticism of individual works).

The course will follow a discussion format in approaching both fiction and
criticism.  There will be one short paper (4-5 pages), one longer paper
(10-12 pages), and either discussion or written précis of critical
studies.

TENTATIVE READINGS
Luis Martín Santos, TIEMPO DE SILENCIO (1962)
Juan Goytisolo, SEÑAS DE IDENTIDAD (1966)
Mercè Rodoreda, ESPEJO ROTO (1974)
Carment Martín Gaite, EL CUARTO DE ATRÁS (1978)
Carmen Riera, "Te dejo, amor, en prenda, el mar" (1975; xerox)
"Mon semblable, mon frère" (from EL AMOR EN
COMPAÑÍA Y OTROS relatos, 1991; xerox)
Manuel Vázquez Montalbán, SABOTAJE OLÍMPICO (1993)
Cristina Fernández Cubas, "LA FLOR DE ESPAÑA" (1990; xerox)
"CON AGATHA EN ESTAMBUL" (1994;
xerox)
Marina Mayoral, RECÓNDITA ARMONÍA (1994)