Spanish and Portuguese | Modern Spanish Prose Fiction
S419 | 28315 | Professor Melissa Dinverno


HISP-S 419  Modern Spanish Prose Fiction  (3 credits)   LITERATURE
Prerequisite:  For students who matriculated prior to fall 2010:
Two courses completed from: HISP-S 328, S331, S332, S333, or S334.
For students who matriculated summer 2010 or after:  (S328 and S324)
OR (S328 and S326) AND any other 300-level Spanish class.

Reconstructing the Past in Democratic Spain

Prior to Francisco Franco’s death and especially since the early
years of democracy, the writing of the recent past has been at the
forefront of Spanish politics, society and cultural production.  How
should Spain’s Civil War and the repression of the subsequent
dictatorship be narrated in contemporary society?  What place do the
ghosts of the past have in the formation of a “new” national
identity, in a politics of reconciliation or rejuvenation, in a new
cultural landscape?  Debates over these and related questions have
played out in the cultural landscape time and again in recent years
and have now taken on a more urgent tone as the recuperation of this
painful past has taken shape in efforts to unearth graves of the
Civil War and dictatorship.  Focusing on novels and short stories
written since Francisco Franco’s death in 1975, this course will
analyze the way that writers have dealt with issues of memory,
history and the collective negotiation of Spain’s difficult and
contentious past.

Some of the questions we will deal with include:  What role does
culture play in the construction of the past?  What place have
trauma and witnessing been given in talking about Spain’s
relationship to the Civil War and Francoism?  How does Spain’s
painful past affect those who never experienced it and what claim to
that past do younger generations have?

We will likely read texts by Carmen Martín Gaite, Antonio Muñoz
Molina, Eduardo Mendicutti, José Ángel Mañas, Manuel Rivas, and
Dulce Chacón.  Evaluation will likely include short presentations,
discussion guides, and essays.

Please note: This is an 8-week class and as an advanced literature
course, will require intensive weekly reading.

HISP-S 419  #28315 4:00P-6:30P  TR  BH 208  Prof. Melissa Dinverno

Note:  This class is a 1st Eight Week Session, January 10, 2011
through March 5, 2011.