Spanish and Portuguese | Reading for Honors variable title: Modern Spanish Prose Fiction
S498 | 7811 | Professor Maryellen Bieder

HISP-S 498 Readings for Honors (3 credits)           LITERATURE
Prerequisite:  S331 and S332 or equivalent

This course is for majors who are doing Honors in Spanish.  This
HISP-S 498, # 7811 meets with HISP-S 419 Modern Spanish Prose
Fiction.  If you are leaning toward Literature for your background
on your honors thesis, you may want to consider taking this HISP-S
498 course.

HISP-S 498  #7811  By Permission Only  4:00P-5:15P TR   Room=TBA
Prof. Maryellen Bieder

Contact Karla Allgood in BH 844 for permission or e-mail

Descriptions for HISP-S 419 follows:
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

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.

Students enrolled in S498 will read the same books as S419 students
and participate equally in class discussions of the readings. They
will also prepare a 10-page final paper and will consult with the
professor on the initial outline and first draft of the paper,
following a mutually determined timetable, in order to produce a
polished, scholarly final paper at the end of the course.