Spanish & Portuguese | Sem: Themes in Hispanic Lit
S761 | 3869 | Wyers


Professor Frances Wyers
Email: fwyers
TR 4:00 - 5:15 3cr. section # 3869
Ballantine Hall 314

Spanish peninsular literature to mid-century in its historical and
political context.

The seminar begins with the so-called Generation of 98 and the reaction to
the late 19th century political situation focusing on the various issues
that become prominent early in the 20th century determining the course of
the 2nd Republic (1931-39): socialism, anarchism, marxism, the women
question, political and economic democracy, mass society, urbanization,
industrialization, regional autonomies (political and linguistic), the
place of the Catholic Church, etc.  Full texts and short selections will be
drawn from the works of Unamuno, Azorín, Baroja, Antonio Machado,
Valle-Inclán, Maeztu, Blasco Ibañez.  We will consider how
the above topics manifest themselves in literary productions.

The Generation of 1927 (within the period of the dictatorship of Primo de
Rivera).  Writings could be chosen from García Lorca, Alberti,
Salinas, Jorge Guillén, Ortega, Benjamín Jarnés, etc.

The literature of the Civil War would include, Barea, Aub, Sender,
ROMANCERO GENERAL DE LA GUERRA and some of the fascist or falangist
inspired  works such as Manuel Machado, Marquina, Ridruejo, Concha Espina.

Many authors are listed here and clearly we cannot read everything.
Students may choose a theme, a period, an author(s) or a genre.  Some texts
will be required (including one history text, some selections from authors
such as Vilar, Vicens Vives, R. Carr, R. Herr, Tuñón de Lara,
etc. as well as selections from a cultural studies reader).  I will provide
general outlines and students may work either singly or cooperatively.

The students will present an oral summary of their seminar papers in the
later part of the course.  Papers may be written singly or jointly.