Spanish and Portuguese | Readings for Honors
S498 | 4330 | Professor Reyes Vila-Belda


S498 Readings for Honors  (3 credits)             LITERATURE

This course is for majors who are doing Honors in Spanish.  This
S498, section 4330 meets with S419, Modern Spanish Prose Fiction.
If you are leaning toward literature for your background on your
honors thesis, you may want to consider taking this S498 course.
Contact Karla Allgood in BH 844 for authorization.

S498 AUTH #4330 11:15A-12:05P  MWF  BH 144  Prof. Reyes Vila Belda
This course meets jointly with Hisp S419.  See description below.

S419  Modern Spanish Prose Fiction  (3 credits)
Prerequisite:  Must have completed two of the following:  S331,
S332, S333

Narrating the city in the Contemporary Spanish Novel

In this course we will discuss the city as an urban metaphor, from
the small rural ghost town to the provincial city to the
cosmopolitan capital. We will consider the different cultural,
social, political, and literary aspects of the city as a text. An
array of literary novels and films will help us to map the recent
history and transformation of Spain from the Civil War through
Franco’s dictatorship to the postmodern Spain of the European Union.
We will explore issues of national identity, power, gender identity,
consumerism and historical memory. Readings will include works by
Julio Llamazares, Carmen Martín Gaite, Manuel Vázquez Montalbán, and
Juan Marsé, among others.

The course will be conducted entirely in Spanish. Requirements
include active participation, a class presentation, two short papers
and a final one.