Spanish and Portuguese | Early Spanish Literature I
S521 | 4336 | O. Impey

Professor Olga Impey

S521	Early Spanish Literature 1

TR 9:30am – 10:45am/section #4336/3 cr./Ballantine Hall 018

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
c)  draw syntheses through pertinent associations with other works;

The reading list will include:

Poema de mío 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 be evaluated on the basis of their
participation in class, an annoted bibliography (15 articles) or a
research paper (10-12 pp., in Spanish, typed, double spaced) and two
written examinations.  The topic of the paper will be chosen as
early as possible in the semester, in consultation with the

S521 will be taught in Spanish.