Spanish and Portuguese | Spanish Renaissance Literature
S531 | 3995 | J. Conde

Professor Juan Carlos Conde

TR 9:30am - 10:45am/section #3995/3cr./Ballantine Hall 018
Spanish Renaissance Literature

The main goal of this course is to introduce students to the concept
of Renaissance as a cultural concept, understood as the time of the
development of a new cultural, anthropological and social
sensibility, and to study in deep the main Spanish literary
manifestations that reflect more clearly the new aesthetic and formal
conceptions of that new period.

Readings and class discussions will encompass:

1.  New cultural and literary principles: Juan de Valdés, "Diálogo de
la lengua;" Juan Boscán’s translation of Baldassare Castiglione’s "Il
Cortigiano." The Humanism.
2.  Renaissance poetry, I: The Italian influence vs. the Medieval
poetic heritage. Patriarchism and the poetry of Garcilaso de la Vega
and Juan Boscán; pervivence of castilian Cancionero lyric: from
Cristóbal de Castillejo to Miguel de Cervantes.
3.  Renaissance poetry, II: Renaissance as the assumption of
classical heritage. Fray Luis de León and other XVI-c. poets.
4.  Renaissance prose, I. The divulgative sensibility - el ensayo -
and rhetorical writing: Fray Antonio de Guevara.
5.  Renaissance prose, II. Idealistic narratives: "El Abencerraje."
Jorge de Montemayor’s "Los siete libros de la Diana."
6.  Renaissance prose, III. New forms and themes from
Humanism: "diálogo," "miscelánea."
7.  Renaissance prose, IV. Realistic narratives and the invention of
the modern novel: Lazarillo de Tormes.
8.  Renaissance drama: The road from "Celestina" to Lope de Vega.


1.  Readings of the above mentioned works according to the dates
given in the syllabus;
2.  Active participation in class discussions;
3.  A Midterm, a final exam and one research paper related to the
readings listed above.