Spanish & Portuguese | Spanish Renaissance Literature
S531 | 0628 | Olga T. Impey
Professor Olga Impey
MWR 1:10 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. (3 cr.) section 0628
Ballantine Hall 105
The main objective of this course is to introduce students to the
concept of Renaissance, to its intellectual and cultural background
and to its literary masterpieces. The course will provide not only a
broad survey of Spanish Renaissance literature but also a close
reading of a number of important works.
Readings and class discussion will encompass:
1. Baltasar Castiglione's EL CORTESANO;
2. The general background of Spanish Renaissance, its indebtedness to
and its PECULIARIDAD; Garcilaso's poetry and its relationship
CANZONIERI, and the CANCIONERO lyric.
3. Mystical poetry and prose: the poetry of San Juan de la Cruz, Fray
Luis de León and
fragments from Santa Teresa's VIDA.
4. Erasmian and humanistic literature: Juan de Valdés'
DIÁLOGO DE LA
LENGUA; Antonio de Guevara's MENOSPRECIO DE CORTE Y ALABANZA DE
5. Picaresque novel: LAZARILLO DE TORMES;
6. Pastoral fiction: Montemayor's LOS SIETE LIBROS DE LA DIANA;
Each unit will be covered in approximately one week.
1. Readings of the above mentioned works according to the dates
given in the syllabus;
2. Active participation in class discussions;
3. One exam one short paper, and a written presentation of an
article related to the readings