Spanish & Portuguese | Baroque Literature
S535 | 3864 | Larson


Professor Catherine Larson
Email: larson
TR 2:30 - 3:34   3 cr.  section # 3864
Ballantine Hall 149

Texts:											

Drama: Cervantes, "El retablo de las maravillas"
	Lope de Vega, Fuenteovejuna, La dama boba
	Ruiz de Alarcón, La verdad sospechosa
	Tirso de Molina, El burlador de Sevilla
	Calderón de la Barca, La vida es sueño, El médico de su
		honra, El gran teatro del mundo
	María de Zayas, La traición en la amistad
Poetry:  Lope, Góngora (including the Polifemo), Quevedo
Prose:  Quevedo, La vida del Buscón
Cervantes, Rinconete y Cortadillo, La fuerza de la sangre
Zayas, La inocencia castigada

Plus: Critical material photocopied and/or on reserve

Objectives:  This course is designed to explore the major texts of
seventeenth-century Spanish literature (with, of course, the notable
exception of Don Quixote).  We will begin with an introduction to the
Baroque era and to the standard bibliography needed by any student of the
Golden Age.  We will focus on historical and contemporary attempts to
define the Baroque, forging in the process our own working definition of
the era while reading both canonical and non-canonical texts.

Requirements:  There will be one exam and two relatively short papers (the
first, 5-8 pages; the second, 8-12 pages).  Students will be asked to give
short presentations on key critical articles or concepts.  Finally, active
class participation and preparation are important components of the course.

Note:  If you have not yet read the Quijote, it would be a  good idea to do
so before the semester begins, because it is so necessary to our
understanding of the Spanish Baroque.

Grading Criteria and Evaluation:
Exam                              20%
Papers (15%, 25%)         40%
Class participation           20%
Oral Presentation            20%