Spanish and Portuguese | Topics in Contemporary Spanish Literature
S648 | 28324 | M. Dinverno

S648	Topics in Contemporary Spanish Literature

MW 4:00p – 6:30p/section# 28324/3 cr./KH 200

Topic: Reading Modernism in Spain

This course meets 1st 8 weeks only (January 10, 2011 – March 5, 2011)

While 19th- and 20th-century Spanish literary history has been
written in terms of literary generations (’98 and ’27, for example)
and specific, nationally-grounded movements (romanticism,
naturalism, etc.), contemporary scholars of Hispanic Studies have
begun to mount a critique of this way of thinking, its origins, and
the way it has limited our reading of modern (and contemporary)
Hispanic literature.  Within this spirit of revisionism, this course
seeks to posit a different way of understanding modern Spanish
literature, and asks how a new frame may enable us to explain in
perhaps more satisfying ways some of the most important writers of
our canon, and indeed, reconfigure those canons altogether.  More
specifically, this course constructs “modernism” as a broad critical
lens for reading, questioning the way that this notion is shifting
in Anglo-American studies and is taking shape in Hispanic Studies at
the moment.  Within this frame, the course looks at the way poets
have both confronted modernization and modernity, and conceived of
the intellectual’s place in a rapidly transforming world.  The
literary writers and texts chosen focus our horizons on a set of
crucial turning points in the conceptualization of the power and
relevance of literature in this context of transformation.
Ultimately, we will read these texts to see to what degree (and in
what form) “modernism” may or may not allow us to open up more
compelling readings of these and other texts.

Theoretical and literary critical works will likely include those
by:  Eysteinsson, Calinescu, Berman, Nichols, Ramazani, Geist &
Monleon, Delgado & Mendelson, Soufas, Mejías-López, Iarocci, and
Jrade.  Literary works will likely include those by Bécquer,
Machado, Darío, Gómez de la Serna, Huidobro, and Lorca.

Please note:  This is an 8-week course and will therefore involve a
more intense reading schedule than the usual semester-long course.