Spanish and Portuguese | Hispanic Poetry
S417 | 27566 | Professor Steven Wagschal
HISP-S 417 Hispanic Poetry (3 credits) LITERATURE
Prerequisite: S331 and S332 or equivalent
“Art for art's sake” is a tenet of Modernism proclaiming that poetry
should serve no aim other than poetry itself. Although this tendency
reached its zenith in the early 1900s, it had been developing for
centuries. Alongside this purely artistic aim, poetry has also
served others, such as expressing the poet's experience, promoting
nation building, and/or enhancing political struggle. Furthermore,
these aims are not mutually-exclusive. For instance, how does a love
sonnet reveal how a society constructs gender relations? Might a
sonnet written "for its own sake" be making a political statement in
and of itself? What is the relationship between poetry and other
While helping students expand on their knowledge of poets and
movements, and develop their skills in literary analysis, the focus
of this course is to identify and explore the intercrossing aims of
poetry in a broad selection of Spanish and Latin American texts,
from the origins of Hispanic poetry to the present day.
Class discussion and assignments will be in Spanish.
* Active Class Participation (20%)
* 2 short papers (analyses of a poem) (2-3 pp each) (2 x 10 = 20%)
Optional: The composition of an original sonnet may
substitute for Paper 2
* 4 quizzes on terminology, movements, poems (4 x 5 = 20%)
* Oral Presentation: Recitation from memory of a poem, with
* Final paper (7-9 pp) (20%)
* Ruiz Casanova, José Francisco (ed.) ANTOLOGIA CATEDRA DE POESIA DE
LAS LETRAS HISPANICAS (Madrid: Cátedra, 1998).
* Additional readings as photocopies or pdfs.
Michael Radford (dir.). IL POSTINO.
Julian Schnabel (dir.). BEFORE NIGHT FALLS.
S417 #27566 11:15A-12:05P MWF BH 011 Prof. Steven Wagschal