Spanish and Portuguese | Modern Spanish Prose Fiction
S419 | 26407 | Professor Maryellen Bieder


HISP-S 419  Modern Spanish Prose Fiction (3 credits)    LITERATURE
Prerequisite:   HISP- S 331 and S332 or equivalent.

“Spain Confronts Its Past: Living with History and Memory”

A study of recent Spanish narratives in the context of the current
debate over the recuperation of historical memory in Spain.

In this course we will read 20th-century novels by male and female
Spanish authors that look to Spain’s 20th-century history to
understand its present social and political tensions. The recent
surge of interest in Spain’s civil war (1936-1939) has created a
wave of novels in which past and present intersect. We will discuss
how narrative technique, historical context, social issues, and the
cultural construction of gender contribute to the centrality of the
family and family history in these novels and a few recent Spanish
films.

The key component of the course is daily class discussion of various
aspects of each novel. One short paper (1-2 pages) on each novel and
one longer final paper (6-8 pages) will complement the oral analysis
of the texts. There will also be a final exam. The course is taught
in Spanish; Spanish is the language of class discussion and of all
written work for the course.

HISP-S 419 #26407 4:00P-5:15P TR Room=TBA  Professor Maryellen Bieder
Note:  This class meets jointly with HISP-S 498, Readings for
Honors, #7811.