Spanish & Portuguese | Early Spanish Literature II
S522 | 3973 | Impey
Professor Olga T. Impey
MW 11:15 - 12:30 pm 3 cr. section #3973
Ballantine Hall 335
1. To follow the development of medieval Spanish literature (1335 -
1499) in its close relationship with the esthetic and rhetorical
traditions and against the historical, social, political, religious
and philosophical background of the fourteenth and fifteenth
2. To develop critical skills and interpretative acumen that will
allow students to comment cogently and persuasively on any given work
and its critical reception;
3. To demonstrate that medieval literature in Spain and elsewhere
should not be thought of as a hiatus between the Classical and
Renaissance literatures, but rather as a link that unites different
ages, genres and techniques: the Ovidian tale with courtly love poetry
and romance, the NOVELLA and the epistles, the EXEMPLUM with the
learned and popular sermon, the autobiography with allegory, the
linear narrative with the interlace techniques, etc.
Special attention will be given to topics such as the tale/EXEMPLUM as
a source of teaching and entertainment, and as a literary and
political device; the AMOUR COURTOIS vs. the CANCIONERO poetry and the
sentimental novel; the rise of individualism, misogyny, political
motivated poetry, etc.
EL CONDE LUCANOR, CORBACHO, EL LABERINTO DE FORTUNA, CÁRCEL DE
AMOR, GENERACIONES Y SEMBLANZAS and LA CELESTINA will be read in depth
and in their entirety. In addition, the course will offer selected
readings from the poetry of the ROMANCES, THE CANCIONEROS, the poetry
of the MARQUéS DE SANTILLANA and Jorge Manrique, the chivalric
novel and the historical prose of the time.
CLASS ACTIVITY: Lectures will alternate with seminar-type classes.
a) To read all the material included in the syllabus, as well as the
items marked with an asterisk in the bibliography. Certain items will
be placed on reserve.
b) To give an oral presentation on one of the bibliographical items.
c) Two written exams.
d) To write a 12 pp. paper or to prepare a BIBLIOGRAF&IACUTE;A
ANOTADA on a given topic.