Spanish and Portuguese | Seminar in Hispanic Studies
S708 | 25075 | M. Dinverno

Professor Melissa Dinverno

S708	Seminar in Hispanic Studies
	Topic: Federico Garcia Lorca

M 4:00pm – 6:30pm/class# 25075/3cr./WH 204
Permission Required

Reading and Rewriting Lorca

Political poster child, cultural icon, artistic genius, defender of
the marginal, Federico García Lorca enjoys an almost mythic presence
in Spain's cultural identity and is widely considered perhaps the
most important modern Spanish writer.  Indeed, Lorca’s reach and
popularity grew rapidly during his lifetime, but he is one of the
few Spanish writers that continues to have an enduring presence in
dialogues on contemporary Spanish and Hispanic culture.  This
seminar will both return to Lorca’s artistic production in an effort
to study the multifaceted corpus he created during the 1920s and 30s
and analyze how his corpus has been constructed by literary critics.

The social, cultural, aesthetic, and political projects of pre-Civil
War Spain will contextualize our work with a range of literary and
visual texts such as Suites, Canciones, Amor de don Perlimplin,
Romancero gitano, Poeta en Nueva York, El público, Viaje a la luna,
conferencias, the “Rural Triptic/Trilogy”, and the Sonetos del amor
oscuro.  We will engage the extensive critical discourse on
lorquiana as we analyze the texts, attempting to characterize the
critical construction of this corpus and identify new lines of
inquiry.  With this in mind, we will look at both Lorca’s canonical
works as well as less studied pieces that may contest and/or
complement current constructions of the author and his work.  Our
explorations will be informed by theoretical readings regarding the
main issues we will follow throughout the course, such as notions of
gender, sexuality, desire, modernity, power, and aesthetic
experience.  Some of the questions we will deal with include:  What
projects or practices of the Spanish avant-garde does Lorca engage
or contest, or what are the philosophical and aesthetic premises of
his work?  How does Lorca’s discourse on gender and sexuality change
over time, and in what ways does it respond to gender/sex politics
of 1920s and 1930s Spain?  How does Lorca’s work engage notions of
the subaltern and either break or reinforce hegemonic power
relations?  In what ways does Lorca’s artistic corpus respond to
modernization, mechanization, and modernity in Spain and beyond, and
how does it dialogue with ongoing debates at the time?

Course evaluation will likely include 2 oral presentations and a
final research paper.